Ayurvedic Diet

Types of Foods in terms of Ease of Digestion

There are two types of foods in terms of ease of digestion.

Heavy FoodsHeavy to Digest
Light FoodsEasy to Digest

Heavy foods

Heavy foods are foods that take long time to get digested in the body. These include:

  • Grains.
  • Lentils.
  • Animal foods.
  • Nuts.
  • Seeds.
  • Sprouts.
  • Cooked foods mixed with oil e.g. veggies.

Light foods

Light foods are foods that take less time to get digested in the body. These includes:

  • Fruits.
  • Vegetables (uncooked and fresh).
  • Fruit juice.
  • Vegetable juice.
  • Green leaves.
  • Steamed vegetables.
  • Fresh vegetable soup (without any oil).

Ideal Ratio of Heavy and Light foods

What is the ideal ratio of Heavy and Light foods?

Easy to DigestMore than 75%
Heavy to DigestLess than 25%

You should eat fresh fruits and fresh uncooked vegetables in form of salad.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.
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