The Five Properties of Food in Ayurveda with Divya Alter

May 12, 2022

Episode 235

Divya Alter is a certified nutritional consultant, educator, and chef in the Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda tradition. In 2016 Alter and her husband Prentiss founded Divya’s Kitchen, a plant-based restaurant in New York City that reimagines classic dishes through an Ayurvedic lens.

In this episode, Colette chats with Divya about how Ayurveda describes food through the five properties of:

  1. Rasa or the six tastes.
  2. Gunas or twenty qualities.
  3. Virya or metabolic effect.
  4. Vipaka or post-digestive effect.
  5. Prabhava or unique healing property.

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