Heaty and cooling foods

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I found an interesting article on the food we eat.


To asians, the food we eat are classified into a few groups: Cool, neutral and heaty.

Cool foods:
Bamboo shoot, banana, bitter gourd, clam, crab, grapefruit, lettuce, persimmon, salt, seaweed, star fruit, sugar cane, water chestnut, watermelon, lotus root, cucumber, barley, bean curd, chicken egg white, marjoram, oyster, pear, peppermint, radish, strawberry, tangerine, and yogurt, broccoli, cauliflower, zuccini, corn, tomatoes, pineapple, turmeric.

Neutral foods:
Honey, corn, abalone, apricot, beef, beetroot, black fungus, carp, carrot, celery, chicken egg yolk, cuttlefish, duck, fig, kidney bean, lotus fruit and seed, milk, olive, oyster, papaya, pork, potato, pumpkin, radish leaf, red bean, plum, sunflower seed, sweet rice, sweet potato, white fungus, yellow soybean, brussels sprouts, snow peas, sweet potato, taro, dates, figs, raspberries, raisins, sage, rosemary, thyme, brown rice, apple.

Heaty foods:
Pepper, cinnamon bark, ginger, soybean oil, red and green pepper, chicken, apricot seed, brown sugar, cherry, chestnut, chive, cinnamon twig, clove, coconut, coffee, coriander (Chinese parsley), date, dillseed, eel, garlic, grapefruit peel, green onion, guava, ham, leaf mustard, leek, longan, mutton, nutmeg, peach, raspberry, rosemary, shrimp, spearmint, sweet basil, tobacco, vinegar, walnut, jackfruit, durian, leek, shallots, spring onion, apricots, blackberries, black currant, mangoes, peaches, cherry, mandarin orange, grape.

Wow! What a long list right? There seems no way to remember all of it. Well, there is a way for it. Cooling and heaty foods are differentiate based on their characteristics.

Heaty foods:
- grow under the hot sun
- sweet
-have lot of fats
-hard,dry and spicy

Cooling foods:
- grow in little sunshine
- salty
- lean
- rich in potassium
- soft and wet

** I noticed that those cooling foods such as cucumber, barley, seaweed, banana, yogurt, tomato and tangerines which are know to effectively reduce to appearance and redness of acne are all cooling foods. Whereas, those heaty foods are what that cause acne.

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