Tastes in Ayurveda have a prominent role in the digestive and metabolic processes (Vipaka) of an individual. Digestion of heavy tastes needs more energy generation, while lighter tastes can be easily assimilated. According to Ayurveda, each of the food items contains a particular taste or ‘Rasa’ that is correlated to its digestive action. The different tastes have a connection with the balance of elements like space, air, fire, water and earth.

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Tastes in Ayurveda are of six types that are closely associated with fundamental elements. The six tastes described in Ayurveda are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent