(In Ayurveda) denoting a class of foods that are bitter, sour, salty, pungent, hot, or dry, and are thought to promote sensuality, greed, jealousy, anger, delusion, and irreligious feelings. Compare sattvic, tamasic.
- Reducing the amount of rajasic and tamasic foods in the diet initiates a shift in perception.
- Hindu scripture places food into three categories: tamasic, rajasic and sattvic, in accordance with the kinds of effects it has on an individual's body, mind and spirit.
- Although the traditional theory alludes to categorisation of foods based on their effects - satvic, rajasic and tamsic - a more empirical view shows that dietary norms have evolved with some very sound rationale.
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