THE PITTA DIET

FAVOR

REDUCE/AVOID

QUALITIES

Cool or warm, liquid

Hot

TASTES

Sweet, bitter, astringent

Salty, sour, pungent

QUANTITIES

Moderate portions

DAIRY

Butter, ghee, lassi, milk

Cheese, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt (except lassi)

SWEETENERS

All okay except those listed

Honey, molasses

OILS

Coconut, olive, soy, sunflower

Almond, corn, safflower, sesame

GRAINS

Barley, oats, wheat, white rice

Corn millet, brown rice, rye

FRUITS

Sweet, ripe fruits: apple, avocado, cherry, fig, mango, melon, pear, pomegranate, prune, raisin

Sour, unripe fruits: apricot, banana, berry, cranberry, grapefruit, olive, papaya, peach, persimmon

VEGETABLES

Asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, green bean, okra, peas, potato, sprouts, squash, all leafy greens except spiinach

Beets, carrot, chili, eggplant, garlic, onion, radish, spinach, tomato

SPICES

Sweet, bitter, astringent spices: cardamom, cilantro, cinnamon, coriander, dill, fennel, mint, saffron

Pungent, heating spices, especially chili

NUTS/SEEDS

Coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds

All others

BEANS

Garbanzo, mung, soybean, tofu

All others

MEATS

Chicken, egg whites, turkey, shrimp

Egg yolks, red meat