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Classification of Food: Oils

Meat | Dairy | Oils | Sweeteners | Legumes | Vegetables | Fruits | Herbs & Spices | Grains | Nuts & Seeds

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Oils
Castor Oil Sweet & Bitter Heating Pungent Heavy, Sharp, Oily Relieves Rheumatic Fever& Constipation.. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Coconut Oil Sweet Cooling Sweet Relatively Light, Oily Smooth. Increases Kapha, Relieves Vata & Pitta.
Corn Oil Sweet Heating Sweet Relatively Light, Oily, Smooth. Increases Pitta, Moderately OK for Vata & Kapha.
Oil (general) Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, Oily, Smooth, Strengthening. Increases Pitta & Kapha. Relieves Vata.
Safflower oil Sweet & Pungent Heating Pungent Relatively Light, Sharp, Oily. Irritating if used excessively. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Sesame Oil Sweet, Bitter & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy, Oily, Smooth. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata, Moderately OK for Kapha.
Sunflower Oil Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Oily, Strengthening. Good for Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
White Mustard Oil Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Sharp, Oily Relieves Arthritis & Muscle Sprain When Applied Externally with Castor Oil. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.

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