Cooling vs. Heating Foods

Whether to eat heating or cooling foods depends on many factors, including the time of year, your Ayurvedic constitution, and your current state of imbalance. If you do not yet know your dosha, we encourage you to take our free Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz.

Fruits

Cooling Heating
  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes (red, purple, black)
  • Honeydew
  • Lime
  • Melons
  • Pears
  • Pomegranate
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Apricots
  • Banana (ripe)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes (green)
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Tamarind

Vegetables

Cooling Heating
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Beet Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Kale (and most bitter greens)
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Parsnip
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach (raw)
  • Sprouts
  • Squash (summer)
  • Zucchini
  • Artichoke
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Burdock Root
  • Carrots
  • Chilies
  • Corn
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Olives
  • Onion
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Spinach (cooked)
  • Squash (winter)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

Grains

Cooling Heating
  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Pasta (wheat)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice, Basmati
  • Tapioca
  • Wheat
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Rice, Brown
  • Rye
  • Seitan
  • Spelt

Legumes

Cooling Heating
  • Azuki Beans
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)
  • Lentils, Red
  • Mung Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Soy Beans
  • Tofu
  • White Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lentils, Brown
  • Miso
  • Navy Beans
  • Tempeh
  • Tur Dal
  • Urad Dal

Nuts

Cooling Heating
  • Almonds (soaked and peeled)
  • Coconut
  • Almonds (with skin)
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine Nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

Dairy Products

Cooling Heating
  • Buttermilk
  • Cow’s Milk
  • Goat’s Milk
  • Ghee
  • Yogurt (homemade)
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Yogurt (store-bought)

Meats & Other Animal Foods

Cooling Heating
  • Buffalo
  • Rabbit
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lamb & Mutton
  • Pork
  • Shrimp