Real Life Contradictions to Ayurvedic Food Rules

We’ve all heard of the very commonly quoted Ayurvedic rule about not mixing dairy products and fish, most commonly interpreted as not mixing yogurt with seafood. Which other food pairs does Ayurveda discourage? Are these rules applicable in modern times in real life? Here are a few contradictions that I found amusing.

Ayurveda says don't eatBut what about...
Beans with fruit, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, meat, yogurtBreakfast burritos?

These usually include one or more of beans, eggs, sour cream, cheese, meats and more.
Eggs with fruit, especially melons; beans, cheese, fish, rice, milk, meat, yogurtEnglish and American breakfasts among others, which include eggs, meats, yogurt, cheeses and milk among others.
Fruits with any other foodPumpkin pies, our famous 'Russian salad' that includes grapes and potatoes at minimum, cantaloupes and Parma ham and many other beloved combinations.
Hot drinks with mangos, cheese, fish, meat, starch, yogurtSoups topped with cheese, or those that include meat or fish and have been thickened with starch.
Lemon with cucumbers, milk, tomatoes, yogurtThe millions of salads with tomatoes and cucumber accompanied by a liberal drizzle of lemon juice.
Milk with bananas, cherries, melons, sour fruits, bread containing yeast, fish,
rice, meat, yogurt
Banana milkshakes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a glass of milk, Bengali fish dishes cooked in milk or yogurt and many more.

The foods I’ve mentioned above as contradictions are only the most popular instances and those at the top of my mind. There are hundreds of cultures worldwide, all of which contradict some or other Ayurvedic rules. Would it be fair to say that Ayurveda is based more on topical observation and culture rather than real science?


Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is the founder of Chef at Large, a blog that began in 2007. He enjoys cooking, writing, travelling and technology in addition to being a practising Freemason. Health and wellness is a particularly passionate focus. Sid prefers the company of food and animals to most humans, and can be reached at