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Oats / Oatmeal

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Oats / Oatmeal Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
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Builds-stamina, Satisfies-stomach, Appetite-suppressant, Relieves-burning
Type: Grains
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch-Dinner
Occasion: On-the-mend
Style: Western
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: White
Subtaste: Bland
Nourishes: Plasma
Effect: Ojas, Sattvic
Nutrient: Insoluble-fiber, Soluble-fiber, Carbohydrate
Contains: Gluten
Element: Earth
Moves energy: Downward

Serving Size: 1/4 c
Species: Avena sativa
Family: Poaceae
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ayurvedic perspective

Oats have a slimy quality helping expectoration in Kapha when combined with spices. The slimy quality also helps soften the GI tract in Vata.

Be careful with granola bars! Dry oats in any form absorbs moisture from the GI tract, aggravating Vata if there is a lack of adequate secretions from the intestines. Remedy by alternate sips of water and chewing well.
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Steel cut oats give the best flavor but take over 40 minutes to cook. Rolled oats are a nice compromise but stay away from instant oats. I find they lack prana and taste like paper, making me suspicious that the vitamins have degraded.

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John Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

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As Kapha-Pitta can i eat oat porridge cooked in yogurt with black pepper and ginger? thanks...

- sangs, Austin, TX, 02-24-12 (Reply)
Basic staple in traditional karelian cooking balances and soothes my sensitive and volatile vata-pitta constitution while having great nutritional value and sophisticated smooth taste. I eat oat porridge with ayurvedic spices for breakfast almost daily. Recommended for people with sensitive stomach.
- , 10-17-14 (Reply)
Kindly illustrate all Ayurvedic Properties ( like Rasa, Veerya, Vipaak etc.) of oats / oatmeal.
- Chandrakant, 01-05-16 (Reply)
Oats have a sweet rasa, a cooling virya and a sweet vipak. Cooked oats are heavy and gooey whereas dry oats are dry and rough.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 01-25-16 (Reply)

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