What Are Incompatible Foods In Ayurveda?


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Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains: 

Ancient Ayurvedic text explains incompatible foods (virudh aahar) as two or more food ingredients when combined are not good for your health. Foods may be incompatible because they create a negative reaction in the body, generate additional water in the body (kleda) that can lead to skin conditions, block the body’s channels, contribute to heart disease or lead to indigestion.

According to Ayurveda, every food has its own taste (rasa), a heating or cooling energy (virya) and post-digestive effect (vipak). When two or three different food substances of different taste, energy and post-digestive effect are combined together digestive fire (agni) can become overloaded inhibiting the enzyme system and resulting in production of toxins in the system.

Incompatible foods according to Ayurveda

  •  Milk should not be eaten with fish as milk is a coolant and fish has a hot potency that vitiates the blood and causes obstruction of the body’s channels (srotas).
  • Chicken or fish should not be combined with milk, sesame, or sprouted grains as it may lead to digestive problems.
  • Salt and milk together should be avoided due to antagonistic qualities in the two.
  • Milk and melons (or any fruit) must not be consumed together because milk is a laxative and melon a diuretic, the combination creating a sour stomach and lots of acidity.
  • Banana should not be eaten with milk, yogurt or buttermilk because the combination can diminish digestion, produce toxins and lead to cold, cough, and allergies.
  •  Avoid cold or iced drinks during or directly after a meal as the cold diminishes digestive fire (agni) causing a host of digestive problems, allergies, and colds.
  •  Ghee and honey must not be mixed in equal quantities as they have opposite reactions in the body. Honey has a heating, drying, scraping action whereas ghee has a cooling, moisturizing quality.
  • Sweet and sour fruits should not be combined. Individual fruits should be eaten as is and as a different meal.
  • Sour fruits should not to eaten or combined with milk.
  • Avoid eating raw and cooked foods together. One can have the salad first and then proceed for dinner after a short gap.
  • Starches are incompatible with eggs, milk, bananas, dates and persimmons.
  • Radishes should not be combined with milk, bananas and raisins.
  • Potato, tomato, eggplant, and chillies are incompatible with yogurt, milk, melon and cucumber.
  • Eggs should not be eaten with milk, meat, yogurt, melons, cheese, fish, and bananas.
  • Mangoes are incompatible with yogurt, cheese and cucumbers.
  • Corn is incompatible with dates, raisins and bananas.
  • Lemon should not be consumed with yogurt, milk, cucumbers and tomatoes.


Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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nlingayat34 5pts

I heard that urad dal and yogurt not great combination! Is it true?

Jaya Bharti
Jaya Bharti 5pts

Don't eat Egg with Milk????? Strange

Lynne Eusebio Bisnar
Lynne Eusebio Bisnar 5pts

I say, accept the blessings with thanksgiving and in especially in moderation

Khasru Miah
Khasru Miah 5pts

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet there all rubbish God has giving you Brain just use your common sense if you have any

Nick Singh
Nick Singh 5pts

Nothing wrong happened? U look like a leaf \U0001f615

Madanbhai Nayak
Madanbhai Nayak 5pts

I am having raw egg with milk since my childhood, yet nothing wrong happened to me.

Musthaq Shemu
Musthaq Shemu 5pts

I mostly eat these combinations .. nothing happened to me !

Parvs Haider
Parvs Haider 5pts

Whaaaat?? I mash a banana and egg and fry in coconut oil. I can't live without this.

Nick Singh
Nick Singh 5pts

Half the crap this page posts is bullshit, the people who created aryuveda ate the same combinations

Nicole Horelka
Nicole Horelka 5pts

lol I didn't read it just saw the compatible foods

Susana V Marquez
Susana V Marquez 5pts

I eat all my meals with hot tea. I thing that is wrong chart. :(

Shelly Brown
Shelly Brown 5pts

Nicole Horelka don't know how I feel about food having an "energy".........

Tonnisha Clark
Tonnisha Clark 5pts

But cheese taste good with EVERYTHING! Especially beans!! Ugggggh!

Cristina Larrick
Cristina Larrick 5pts

If mangos are incompatible with yogurt, why do my favorite indian restraunts serve it?

Urmila Sharma- Valand
Urmila Sharma- Valand 5pts

Oh dear, so ..... One can't make these combinations: Mung, Rice and Kadhi Urad in Yoghurt mixture Tomatoes, Raisins in Biryani Dhosa with Yoghurt Chutney and Sambhar Mango Lassi Apple pie and CustardI don't really agree with this post. Someone is misleading us!

Xavier Gonzalez
Xavier Gonzalez 5pts

Soooo no more tacos and burritos ..fk im hispanic i like to balance my PH with rice and beans but no meat or cheese seem a bit NAZI ehh but never said it was healthy

Heather Scaglione
Heather Scaglione 5pts

But the Indians routinely use beans, legumes (lentils, chick peas, Chana dal, urad dal, masoor dal, etc) cooked in various sauces with heavy cream, yogurt and meats. I'm confused.

Linga Nagappan
Linga Nagappan 5pts

Bananas with milk no?this blogger must be crazy!

Kathryn Reeves
Kathryn Reeves 5pts

It's very interesting. I personally stay away from milk and dairy because I believe it has an inflammatory effect on the body. The other items it mentioned as having interactions with one another are new to me!

Aftera Haque
Aftera Haque 5pts

Lots of thse food taste good together beans cheese egg. Rice and fruit and yogurt taste so good asp mango

Bev Roberts
Bev Roberts 5pts

Interesting no eggs with meat no bacon and eggs?

Lori Engram
Lori Engram 5pts

Don't eat eggs with cheese??? Really???

Alan Lee
Alan Lee 5pts

Sometimes, if you are out of topic to post, it is better not to post anything at all rather thab posting rubbish that will tarnish your reputation. I do not know who this Dr is, but this us the second rubbish post I saw from him. Utterly rubbish. I am from the east, and looking at it, there is very little Chinese or Indian dishes you can basically eat. Please help yourself and fired this guy, am not sure if he is qualified.

Aline Clark
Aline Clark 5pts

On the same topic, Voir: le guide des combinaisons alimentaires. Not easy to accept, but wise to observe, and follow.

Cathy Fritz Kirdzik
Cathy Fritz Kirdzik 5pts

Don't eat cabbage with Apple cider! Unless you have a colonoscopy appointment the next day! LoL

Neetu Kundra Tripathi
Neetu Kundra Tripathi 5pts

Most of the things are combined in the modern days as shakes or as a combination in salads..its a grt info but am.sure most of us are taking wrong combos like banana milk shakes...or mango yogurt or cucumber salsa as in with lemon..doing harm.as per ayurved

Terri Riemer
Terri Riemer 5pts

Laura Farrell Revels could our guest speaker tomorrow comment on the validity of this??

Mary Thomas
Mary Thomas 5pts

I agree with Vicky Enriquez. It is all about profits at the end of the day

Vicky Enriquez
Vicky Enriquez 5pts

And why is so expensive anything related to Ayurvedic medicine, I went to the Ayurvedic fair in Portland and could not buy literally anything, I have cancer and want to make changes since years ago and it's just impossible when you are low income and immigrant and alone in USA, I asked to this lady that makes her own super expensive perfumes about an Ayurvedic deodorant and she answer me laughing not even making eye contact saying we don't use deodorant, then I asked how come, then she said, look I invest lots of money on what I eat that's why I don't smell, and stuff like that, all this people they feel they are so exclusive their attitude is so rude and cold, I doubt they meditate looks like they have a double moral, they charge tons of money for 10mins of telling you pretty much what you already know about yourself, how is this supposed to help the community, if you have knowledge the best will be to share it without charging you an eye of your face, I'm going to the Seattle Ayurvedic fair next weekend and I'm sure the same "vendors" will be there, it's a total capitalist elitist movement they have here in USA, nothing to do with ancient scriptures and rituals, how are we supposed to change to all this alternatives if you don't have the $$$$ to buy an advice, how can we end the animal cruelty for example if you can't afford this kind of products that claim to be cruelty free, if when you go home can't afford so many organic spices and grains to make a meal and you end up cooking scramble eggs with winco's turmeric, I learn more from the anarcopunk movement and they didn't charge anything to all the youth that wanted to learn alternatives when they have their annual congresses in Mexico!

Ayurveda 5pts

Good things do not come easy! :)

Sho Osa
Sho Osa 5pts

I will follow your advises.