Pitta Food List


This is a list of foods suggestions to follow if you are a Pitta pre-dominant body type or currently experiencing a Pitta imbalance/ excessive Pitta. 

Food Favour as much as possible Avoid as much as possible or minimise


Generlly, most sweet fruits:

Sweet apples, Applesauce, Apricots Sweet, Avocado,

Berries, Cherries, Coconut, Dates, Figs, Grapes (dark), Limes,

Sweet Mangoes, Melons, Oranges, Oranges (sweet), Papaya, Pears, Sweet Pineapple, Plumes (sweet), Pomegranate, Prunes, Raisins

Generally, most sour fruits:

Sour Apples, Sour Apricots, Bananas, Sour Berries, Sour Cherries, Cranberries, Grapefruit, Grapes (green), Lemons,  Sour Oranges, Peaches, Pineapple (sour), Plum, Tamarind

Vegetables In general, sweet and bitter vegetables:

Artichoke, Asparagus, Beets cooked, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Fennel, Green Beans, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Black Olives, Cooked Onions, Parsley, Peas, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Pumpkin, Zucchini


In general, pungent vegetables:

Beet Greens, Raw Beet, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Chillies, Raw Leeks, Mustard Greens, Green Olives, Raw Onions, Hot Peppers, Watercress, Raw Radish, Tomatoes, Turnips, Garlic, Spinach, Carrots

Grains Amaranth, Barley, Dry Cereal, Couscous, Durham Flour, Oat Bran, Cooked Oats, Basmati Rice, Sprouted Wheat Bread, Tapioca, Wheat, Wheat Bran Bread with Yeast, Corn, Millet, Muesli, Dry Oats, Brown Rice, Rye, Buckwheat
Legumes Aduki Beans, Black Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Chick Peas, Kidney Beans,  Mung Beans, Mung Dal, Peas Dried, Soy Beans, Soy cheese, Soy Flour, Soy Milk, Tofu Miso, Soy Sauce, Tur Dal, Urad Dal, lentils
Dairy Unsalted Butter, Soft Cheese Unsalted, Cottage Cheese, Cow’s Milk, Ghee, Goats Milk, freshly made Yoghurt, Buttermilk Salted Butter, Hard Cheese, Sour Cream, Yoghurt plain, frozen or with fruit
Animal Foods Chicken or Turkey, Eggs White only, White Fish, Rabbit, Shrimp(small amount) Venison Duck, Egg Yolk, Red Fish like Salmon and Tuna, Pork, Lamb Seafood, Beef
Condiments Sweet Mango chutney, Coriander Leaves, Lime, Sprouts, Seaweed, Chilli Pepper, Spicy Mango Chutney, Kelp, Ketchup, Mustard, Lemon, Lime pickle, Mango spicy pickle, Salt in excess, Vinegar, Black Pepper,
Nuts Almonds without skin, Coconut Almonds with skin, Black Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Hazel Nuts, Peanuts, Pine Nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts, all other nuts not favoured
Seeds Flax, Halva, Popcorn, Pumpkin, Sunflower Sesame, and all other seeds not favoured
Oils For internal and external use:

Sunflower, Ghee, Canola, Olive, Soy, Flax Seeds, Primrose, Walnut

For external use only:

Coconut, Avocado

Almond, Apricot, Corn, Safflower, Sesame
Spices Fresh Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon (can increase pitta in excess), Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Mint, Fresh Ginger, Neem, Orange Peel, Peppermint, Saffron, Turmeric, Wintergreen Ajwain (caraway), Anise, Asafoetida, Dry Basil, Cayenne, Cloves, Fenugreek, Garlic, Dry Ginger, Mustard, Nutmeg, Paprika, Pippali, Poppy, Rosemary, Sage, Salt, Thyme, Black Pepper
Sweeteners Barley Malt, Fructose, Fruit Juice (sweet), Rice Syrup, Sugar Cane Juice White Sugar, Honey, Jaggery (Indian Sugar)


Drinks Avoid excess alcohol but if taking alcohol favour Beer or White Wine, Almond Milk, Aloe Vera Juice, Apricot Juice, Berry Juice, Chai, cool dairy drinks, Grape Juice (sweet), Mango Juice, Pear Juice, Rice Milk, Soy Milk

Herbal Teas: Barley, Blackberry, Chamomile, Chicory, Fennel, Ginger, Hibiscus, Hops, jasmine, Lavender, Lemongrass, Liquorice, Peppermint, Wintergreen

Excess Alcohol, Hard Liquor, Red Wine, Caffeinated drinks, Carbonated drinks, Carrot Juice, Sour Juices, Coffee, Cranberry Juice, Grapefruit Juice, icy cold drinks, Sour Lemonade, Papaya Juice, Pineapple Juice, Tomato Juice

As a general rule:

  • avoid eating too much oily or salty foods, red meat, or hot spicy food.  Reduce or avoid caffeine and processed foods.  Smoking and excess alcohol are also particularly aggravating for Pitta dosha.
  • Try to use less oil (more ghee can be used if needed), and favour green salads and soups and green and root vegetables, and eat more sweet, bitter and astringent foods.

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