What Are Sattvic Foods?To understand which foods are sattvic, it is helpful to return to the characteristics of sattva: pure, light, clear, and luminous. Therefore, sattvic foods are fresh, light, wholesome, and have a mildly cool energy (2). Also, sattvic foods are considered rich in prana, or life force. Foods that are fresh, organic, and in (or close to) their natural form are generally the richest in prana. Here are some examples of sattvic foods:
FruitFruit, being light and sweet, and generally possessing a fair amount of ether, is sattvic (2). Ayurvedic author, scholar, and practitioner Dr. David Frawley writes,
“Some examples of fruits for a sattvic diet include apples, apricots, berries, coconut, dragonfruit, figs, grapefruit, grapes with seeds, lychee, kiwifruit, mangoes, melons, nectarine, oranges, peaches, pears, persimmon, pineapple, plums, pomegranates, prunes, and raisins.
harmonizes the stomach, relieves thirst, calms the heart and improves perception” (2). Having a clarifying effect on the body and mind, fruit is a staple in the sattvic diet.