Incompatible food combinations are important to consider as these are more difficult to digest and can create build-up of toxic waste in the system. Incompatibility can occur due to properties of the substances, their combination, processing, place, time or dose of the substances.
- Antagonism in terms of dose
Honey and ghee in equal quantity
- Antagonism due to place
Cold, unctuous diet in marshy area
Rough and sharp substances in an arid zone
- Antagonism due to time
Pungent and hot substances in the summer
Rough and cold substances in the winter
Taking yoghurt or cheese at night
- Antagonism depending on type of agni
A weak agni (mandagni) cannot digest heavy substances easily
- Antagonism due to suitability
Someone habituated to hot and pungent may not tolerate cold and sweet
- Antagonism due to processing
Heated honey is advised against as resulting in toxins.
- Antagonism in terms of hot and cold potency
Fish and milk are of hot and cold potency respectively and can result in channel obstruction and vitiated blood if taken together.
- Antagonism in terms of health condition
Vata vitiating substances in someone who is over-working and over-exercising
Kapha vitiating substances in someone who is oversleeping and prone to laziness
- Antagonism in terms of order of taking food
Taking food before going to the toilet and without appetite
- Antagonism in terms of cooking
Uncooked, overcooked or burnt
- Antagonism in terms of combination
Milk does not combine with any taste other than sweet. It cannot be combined with salty, sour, pungent, bitter or astringent. Milk does not combine with fruit especially not sour fruit.
Fruit should be eaten separately. Melon should not be combined with anything including other fruit.
Meat does not combine with honey, sesame, jaggery, milk, black gram or radish.
- Antagonism in terms of palatability
Taking food that one dislikes
- Antagonism in the qualities of taste
If taste of food has been damaged as in food that is rotten
- Antagonism in the rules of taking food
Such as not eating in privacy
- Antagonism may not be a problem in the following
Where there is adaptation/suitability
When taken in small quantities
If the person has a strong digestive power
In young age
Physical exercise and strength