Written by John Immel,
The best oils for each dosha
Deep fried food aggravates Vata and Kapha. As the moisture sizzles out of the food, fried food aggravates Vata due to its dryness. Fried food aggravates Kapha due to its heaviness. Very oil food aggravates Pitta because it overstimulated the liver.
Cooking with OilsOnce the oil in the pan starts to smoke, remove the pan from heat immediately. Overheating oil beyond the smoke point causes chemical changes including formation of toxic hydroperoxids and aldehydes, toxic to the body. Avoid cooking with manufactured oils like margarine and crisco. Often, these oils are high in trans fat.
Storing OilsStore oils in a cool, dry place. Oils should not be stored where they will be exposed to light, heat, or oxygen, which can turn the oils rancid. Rancid oils have an unpleasant aroma and acrid taste. Refined oils will keep longer than unrefined oils.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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