The Three Reasons Ayurveda doesn’t Appreciate Eggs.
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?
[sociallocker]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 senses 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.
- 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.[/sociallocker] See also “Why yogis do not eat garlic and onion”.