Dietary Guidelines for Vata

NOTE: Guidelines provided in this table are general. Specific adjustments for individual requirements may need to be made, e.g., food allergies, strength of agni, season of the year and degree of dosha predominance or aggravation.

*okay in moderation

** okay rarely

Before making any changes to your diet, it is recommended that you check with your physician. This ayurvedic dietary guide is educational and is not intended to treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease.


FRUITS -- Yes
Generally most sweet fruit
FRUITS -- No
Generally most dried fruit
VEGETABLES -- Yes
In general vegetables should be cooked
VEGETABLES -- No
Generally frozen, raw or dried vegetables
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates (fresh)
  • Figs (fresh)
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Prunes (soaked)
  • Raisins (soaked)
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Tamarind
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Cabbage (cooked)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower*
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber
  • Daikon radish*
  • Fennel (anise)
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Green chilies
  • Jerusalem artichoke*
  • Leafy greens*
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce*
  • Mustard greens*
  • Okra
  • Olives, black
  • Onions (cooked)*
  • Parsley*
  • Parsnip
  • Peas (cooked)
  • Potatoes, sweet
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes (cooked)
  • Rutabaga
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach (cooked)*
  • Spinach (raw)*
  • Artichoke
  • Beet greens*
  • Bitter melon
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Burdock root
  • Cabbage (raw)
  • Cauliflower (raw)
  • Celery
  • Corn (fresh)**
  • Dandelion greens
  • Eggplant
  • Horseradish**
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Olives, green
  • Onions, raw
  • Peppers, sweet & hot
  • Potatoes, white
  • Prickly pear fruit (fruit & leaves)
  • Radish (raw)
  • Tomatoes (cooked)**
  • Turnips
  • Wheat grass sprouts