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The Three Reasons Ayurveda doesn’t Appreciate Eggs.

eggHave you noticed that Ayurvedic cook books do not mention eggs at all? When I travelled to India I lived in a traditional family that didn’t use eggs either. Is it a mistake?

The western diet values eggs as a good source of protein with recommendation to use them consciously because of cholesterol. There is also a potential risk of salmonella poisoning if contaminated eggs are not properly cooked.

Does Ayurveda miss something, or the Westerners do?

The mystery of completely avoiding of eggs in Ayurveda is understood if we keep in mind that along with the gross physical body both we and other beings have a subtle body. That body also needs to be fed. What we feed it with are subtle energies of food that can be of very different nature.

If food had only energetic component it wouldn’t matter for us from which source to get an energy shot. But we wish for a specific food and are not willing to eat just any source of energy. That means that we are lacking a specific type of emotional energy this concrete food can provide. See: Six Tastes.

A yogi in Himalaya who controls his mind and feelings is satisfied with a small amount of the same simple food day after day. On the other hand a person living in the turmoil of a big city needs many different taste combinations to restore the emotions he had used. See also: How Food Affects our Mind.

There is the subtle energy that eggs possess that makes their consumption questionable.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-image31000254The three reasons Ayurveda doesn’t like eggs:

  • Although eggs might be of some benefit for physical body, the energy they provide for our subtle body is arresting man’s willpower.
  • In smaller degree than meat and fish eggs still are not completely free of the energy of violence especially considering the way of their commercial production.
  • The next and most important problem with eggs is the way a hen produces them. Everything that comes out of a lower center, feces or eggs, is considered profane (impious) according to Ayurveda. One who consumes anything from the lower centers defile himself. It is a big obstacle not only for spiritual growth but for taking righteous choices in everyday life as well.

Milk seems to come from a low center too. Although the udder is situated in the lower part of cow’s body it’s her breasts and represents the heart center full of love and compassion. That’s why Ayurveda considers milk to be very auspicious (sattvic) food. See A-da on Dairy.

As substitute for eggs in baking use the following:

  • Flex seeds. 3 Tbsp. Water with 1 Tbsp. ground flex seeds = 1 egg.
  • Banana. ½ mashed banana = 1 egg.
  • 2 teasp of powdered corn starch + tapioca flour + baking powder beaten with 2 Tbsp of water = 1 egg.
  • Baking soda. 2 teasp of baking soda + 2 Tbsp warm water + ½ teasp vegetable oil = 1 egg.
  • Soy flour. 1 teasp soy flour + 1 Tbsp water = 1 egg.
  • Starch. 2 Tbsp potato or corn starch + 1 Tbsp water=1 egg.

 TODAY’S TIP: Ayurveda is strongly against eating animal flesh and eggs. The fact that it recommends specific sorts of meat or eggs for different dosha types, simply means that this science doesn’t ignore anyone and wants us to be as healthy as possible, even if we are not vegetarian yet.

See also “Why yogis do not eat garlic and onion”.


The Three Reasons Ayurveda doesn’t Appreciate Eggs. — 14 Comments

  1. Sir
    Your main objection to eggs is the production methods , which I totally support.
    What about free range organic eggs. !
    Ayurveda does not exclude animal products. The great medical texts specifically recommend animal products for Vata dosha imbalance and for specific disease . Also in Panchakarma, animal products are used as medicines , eg , cows urine, milk as you said , but meat breaths in basti are used , and specifically Caraka and Vagvata specify the meat of a cock as the best rejuvenative food , especially after illness.
    Also, Ayurveda , while recognising its universality, was designed by those primarily from the tropics. Living as I do on the 53rd parallel is a different story, and I really see no problems in eating some ethically produced eggs!
    Maybe I’m wrong
    Emmett Walsh

  2. Hi Emmett,
    Thank you for your comment.
    Ayurveda is an auxiliary branch of Vedic knowledge and can be distorted when using the materialistic approach.
    My main objection against the eggs is the fact that they come out of the same place as the feces do. This can not be changed by free range farming.
    Because they come from the lower center they carry the energy of ignorance (tamas) and nullify the possibility of spiritual progress that is the aim of human incarnation.
    The same thing about eating meat. The law of karma will make all meat eaters be born in an animal body in order to be eaten in the same manner. Millions of people are vegetarians all over the world,not only in the tropics, and feel well and are happy.

  3. Hello Larisa,

    Thank you for your explanation in regards eating or not eating the eggs.

    Your main reason, why eggs should not be consumed is “My main objection against the eggs is the fact that they come out of the same place as the feces do.”

    But then a human child is also coming from the lowest center, is that how Ayurveda looks at the human child?

    Thank you,

    Best regards,


    • Hi Ella,
      Thank you for your for your comment.
      I have given birth to three daughters and want to assure you that children do not come from the same center what feces do.
      Ayurveda looks at a human child as a spirit soul which is immortal and full of wisdom and bliss.
      Stay well.

  4. Hello Larisa.

    I just saw your website now, and really enjoyed the reading.
    On one of my visits to my grandparents farm,I peeped through a window
    and saw a sheep being slaughtered for food for a family function. I was just a little
    boy then, but what I saw put me off meat for good. No onions,garlic,fish eggs
    and intoxicants for me. I’m glad I made this choice as this led me to follow a
    pure spiritual journey in life. You are welcome to send any mail to me, as ayurvedic is a science of God for a healthy lifestyle and happiness, Thank you

    • Hi Jairal,
      It is great to read a message of a like minded person.
      I totally agree that our diet has a huge impact on our spiritual life along with communication.
      Best regards.

  5. Hello,
    I think that lots, not all, of the information taught in Ayurveda today might not be that original anymore. There are lots of silly things mixed up with it by time hinduism evolved. It doesn´t make sense what you are saying because, considering the lower chakras, the place where a human being comes out is also located at the lower centers. So turning the hole thing around I could also assume, because the egg is supporting a living creature an that with a certain level of intelligence, that the shit of these animals is holy because it comes out the same place as the holy eggs. But we won´t accept that so likely so we defined it like that. There is something much more important and seeming much more natural and original tome from what the yogis and enlightened say. If you consider every profane life on this planet basic to human life, you will know that you can´t live without plants. I heard some yogi saying-and this sounds more obvious and natural to me, that “in yoga we should eat what has less intellectual and emotional properties than us”. That means sou should eat things where no bad emotions or tendencies and other qualities could enter your body. So the more primitive a living being is on these levels the more you will be able to digest it well and create your own body out of it without being too much interfered by similar programs running at he same time. So you should never eat a mammal or similar, except no other way of feeding is available. In a certain way, from these perspective, yes eggs aren´t as good as fish, fish isn´t as good as vegetables and fruits but they are still better than higher creatures.

    • Hi Saabel,
      Children do not come from the same center what feces do.
      Feces of all living beings except cows are considered gross and very inauspicious.
      Eating some lower enlightened creatures creates karma from the lightest one by consuming fruits to the heaviest from eating domestic animals. Everyone can decide for himself what kind of reactions he wants to attract in his life.

  6. Although a hen has only one exterior opening (the cloaca or vent) for egg laying and elimination, eggs are not contaminated during the laying process. Two separate channels, the oviduct and the large intestine, open into the cloaca. As the egg nears the end of the oviduct, the intestinal opening is temporarily blocked off. The egg passes through the cloaca without contact with waste matter.

  7. Hi Maneka,
    Thank you for your comment.
    Have you ever seen eggs right after a hen has laid them? I did. They are covered with waste matter. Even when the other opening is blocked the cloaca is still dirty.

  8. Eggs are laid with what is called a “bloom” which naturally protects it. This is the coating on the egg shell that seals its pores. Also known as the cuticle, it helps to prevent bacteria from getting inside the shell and reduces moisture loss from the egg keeping it fresher longer.

  9. Hi Maneka,
    You cannot see the electrical current either, but it exists, and one will experience an electric shock after touching a live wire.
    All Ayurveda is about the subtle energies that we do not see but nevertheless are under their influence. You might find more in my post “How food affects our mind”.
    We do not see how thousands of animals are slaughtered every day, but the Vedas teach, that the energy of hatred that the animal experienced towards its murderers and eaters does not go away and is circulating around our planet; and that we cannot stop wars, terror and violence amongst people until we stop eating meat.
    The subtle energies are much more important when the gross ones since they influence not only the body but the mind as well.

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