The six tastes

One of the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic nutrition are the six tastes. Ayurveda states that there are 6 tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent and that certain tastes are better for different people depending on their dosha (natural constitution) or doshic imbalances (current state). Ayurveda believes that all things are made from the five elements found in nature - ether, air, fire, water and earth, and that each taste is composed of a combination of two of these elements. Bitter ether + air Pungent air + fire Salty fire + water Sweet water + earth Sour

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