Science of Food and Diet

Oct 04, 2015

There has been always questions as to why we eat, what we should eat, how much you should eat and importantly how should you eat. It has been said that what and how one eats food and water, it has effect on mind, body and speech. It is very interesting that water plays a big part in speech.

How Much Should You Eat?
Do we eat to live or live to eat? Since we eat to it is very important for to know the science of food since it has a bearing on how we be living. In fact, it is very important to understand what and how much one needs to eat. It is said that we should do everything in normality which also includes normality in food. This will vary from person to person since each one has own beliefs which guide in the execution of the tasks.

Normality according to the Holistic Scientist is that since stomach is small one should eat  such that stomach after eating the stomach should have 50% food + 25%  water + 25% air.

What should we eat?
Holistic scientist says that we should be eating food that encompasses six tastes which are provided in the following table and their sources.

Common Sources

Fruit, natural sugars, milk products (butter and cream)

Sour fruits, yogurt, fermented foods

Natural salts, yogurt,  sour cream, pickles

Dark leafy greens, bitter melon, herbs and spices

Chili peppers, garlic, herbs and spices

Beans, lentils, raw fruits and vegetables (broccoli, aspargus, herbs (turmeric,

What Should you Eat?

Taste

Primary Actions

Common Sources

Sweet

Builds tissues, calms nerves

Fruit, natural sugars, milk products (butter and cream)

Sour

Cleanses tissues, increases absorption of minerals

Sour fruits, yogurt, fermented foods

Salty

Improves taste to food, lubricates tissues, stimulates digestion

Natural salts, yogurt,  sour cream, pickles

Bitter

Detoxifies and lightens tissues

Dark leafy greens, bitter melon, herbs and spices

Pungent

Stimulates digestion and metabolism

Chili peppers, garlic, herbs and spices

Astringent

Absorbs water, tightens tissues, dries fats

Beans, lentils, raw fruits and vegetables (broccoli, aspargus, herbs (turmeric,

Based on the science of molecules and ahimsa we should be eating one sense (Ek Indriya) products such as vegetables and grains.

Ruchir Patel
Director - Strategy and Performance Improvement, Chicago