Food according to Hinduism: Food is medicine.
The Gita has verses that describe the three types of people based on the foods they consume: Satvik, Rajasic and Tamasic.
- Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 7
Food should be consumed after a sincere thought about the methods of sacrifice, austerity and charity that went into the production of the food.
- Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 8
Food that increase ones life, energy, strength, health, happiness and satisfaction, that is succulent, fatty, wholesome and appealing is dear to those in the mode of goodness.
- Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 9
Food that is too bitter, too sour, too salty, too hot, too pungent, too dry and creates a burning sensation within, causes pain, sorrow and disease. Such food is dear to those in the mode of passion.
- Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 17 – Verse 10
Food that is stale, tasteless, foul-smelling, rotten, left by others and unfit for sacrifice is dear to those in the mode of ignorance. Good are drawn to good, bad are drawn to the bad.
The Section 9 of the Chandogya Upanishad tells how food is processed in the body:
1. What happens to food?
2. What happens to water?
3. What happens to fire in the food? Like Oily foods and nuts?