Fusion food is the current trend. Incompatible food or Virudhaharam or viruddha ahara, these words itself may surprise many. People don’t know which foods should not be eaten together. Man is going behind varieties of new taste for his taste buds.Wrong food combinations are harming human body.
These foods are undoubted fully giving us enormous pleasure for our eating habits. However, these varieties of tastes are carrying poison into our health. By the time we become aware of it, it might be very late.
Incompatible food or Virudhaharam in Ayurveda, referred to various interactions among different foods. It may be an incompatibility in food combination, amount of food or even time of its consumption.
This unique concept is been discussed by many Acharyas in Ayurveda. Many incompatible food combinations interfere with the metabolic activity of the human body. These combinations create negative effects than positive, it acts badly on the metabolic activity of various tissues of the body and even in the formations of new tissues.
Various Types of Virudhaharam or Food Incompatibility
- Place- Desha Viruddha
- Quantity- Matra Viruddha
- Wholesome – Satmya Viruddha
- Mode of Preparation – Sanskar Viruddha
- Potency – Veerya Viruddha
- State of health – Avastha Viruddha
- Sequence – Kram Viruddha
- Treatment – Upachar Viruddha
- Cooking/ Preparation – Paak Viruddha
- Combination – Samyoga Viruddha
- Richness of quality – Sampad Viruddha
- Rules for eating – Vidhi Viruddha
- Kala Viruddha
- Agni Viruddha
- Dosha Viruddha
- Koshtha Viruddha
- Parihar Viruddha
- Hriday Viruddha
Examples of incompatible or wrong food combination (Virudha ahara)
• Potency incompatibility (Veerya Viruddha)
Example: Proteins from two type of food like eating protein from two different environment like sea food and milk combination is incompatible
• Processing incompatibility (Sanskar Viruddha)
Example: Honey is heat. Reaheating or mixing honey in hot beverage is alco considered as Virudhahara
• Dose incompatibility (Matra Viruddha)
Example: Certain food like Ghee and honey, and mixing it in same amount create food incompatibility. Acharya’s considered this as poison
• Order incompatibility (Krama Viruddha)
Example: Having curd at night. Taking honey in hot beverages such as milk or tea or drinking hot tea or milk after taking honey. Tikta and Katu Rasa Dravyas (food substances) at the starting of meals and Taking Madhura Rasa food or Dravya at the end of meals
• Combination incompatibility (Samyoga Viruddha)
Example: fruit salad or banana milkshakes, combining fruits with milk creates food incompatibility
• Contraindication incompatibility (Parihar Viruddha)
Example: Consuming cold substance when body is hot is also Virudhahara. It is a habit of most people to take cold water directly from fridge and drinking. This is considered as incompatible to the human body. Our body have to work more to come back to normal. Many clinicians suggests this to increase metabolism, however Ayurveda does not support this.
• Time incompatibility (Kala Viruddha)
Example: Having dense tasted substance in summer season and cold food like refrigerated cold water or ice creams or any other cold beverages in winter.
The incompatible foods or combinations one should avoid
Various Diseases Due to Viruddha Ahara or Food Incompatibility
Digestive System effects
- Impaired metabolic process
- Abdominal distention
- Diseases of intestines
- Digestive issues
- Different types of anemia
- clotting of blood
- Stiffness in neck
- Shoulder stiffness and pain
- Auto immune disorders
- Skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema
Others common problems
- Impotency and Infertility.
- Visarpa (erysipelas)
- Various skin diseases
- Anal Fistula
- Syncope, Coma or fainting,
- Mal tissue formation
Incompatible Food or Viruddhahara In Today
Many food incompatibility references can be found in old Ayurveda writing, for example, Charaka and Sushruta Samhitas. However, at the present time, this kind of food mixes can hardly found. We need to distinguish new food incompatibilities, which are utilized today in everyday life according to Ayurvedic point of view. We have many new fusion of food. It became a trend for the people to have fusion food, it’s the nature of man to search for new. He looks for new taste by fusing varieties of food. These food incongruences can likewise be arranged into Karma Viruddha, Krama Viruddha, Veerya Viruddha, etc. Virudhahara gets aggravated in the micro molecular level. Many food blends can demonstrate destructive, which might be giving its untoward impacts on the resistant framework, cell digestion, development hormone, and Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS).
Topography (a science identified with combination of food) is rising, which tells proteins not to be taken in combination with starch and sugar, because of the absorption process of both. More clearly, for digestion and absorption starch requires an amylase present in saliva called ptyalin. This helps starch to break down into maltose and further breaks it into glucose, fructose, and galactose and stores it in liver, however having fat or protein with starch/sugar delay this process.
When we consume incompatible food on continuous basis, the side effect of this will not be contained in the stomach, it started influencing the body slowly. Many immunologic issues are also occurs due to such effects.
In today’s world, craving for new verities of food is increasing in human. Today we don’t look into the qualitative aspect, instead we look for quantity and new taste for the palette. Keeping an eye on this will help to avoid many illness in the future. We should intake good food for a healthy future.