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Eggs and Ayurveda

Animal products in Yoga and Ayurveda are considered tamasic. This means they can cause inertia in the body and mind resulting in heaviness, dullness, and a lack of purity (sattva). The other reason they are often avoided is animal products have bad karma. The karma of eggs is less harmful than meats, as the animal is not killed for food. Karma also depends on the kind of eggs you buy, buying eggs from chickens in a closed pen system is inhuman and against animal welfare.

Ayurveda is not a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle and uses the energies from nature to bring health. This means that animal products are used medicinally depending on your unique condition or constitution.

What is essential when planning your diet is to have perspective, find a balance that includes proportions of foods that nourish your individual constitution.

Ayurvedic & Nutritional Information

Taste (rasa): Sweet

Energy (virya): Yolks are heating, whites are cooling

Post-digestive (vipaka): Sweet

Elements: Earth and fire

Qualities: Unctuous, oily, and heavy

Nourish: Fat (medas), marrow (majja), muscle (mamsa)

Doshic: Pacify Vata, but Aggravate Pitta and Kapha

Nutritional: Nutrient-dense source of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins (A, D, B2, B6, B12, folate), and minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc). They support hair and nail growth, build stamina and increase satisfaction.

A Few Tips:

Only buy eggs that are pastured from an organically raised chicken.

Eating the white and the yolk together increases their absorption.

Don’t overcook them, like to poach them.

Add digestive spices and Himalayan salt to facilitate their digestion.

Do not combine them with beans, fruit, lemon, or melons.

If your Pitta (inflammation/bad temper) or Kapha (heavy/lethargic) is present, omit them.

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