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KNOW THE PULSES & CEREALS BEFORE YOU EAT- A NUTRITIVE REVIEW ON SHIMBI & SHUKA DHANYA VARGA

*Vd. Mayuri Prabhu Waghadhare and Vd. Mukund D. Bamnikar

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Nutritious diet (Ahara) or we can say balanced diet is the key to follow the first principle of Ayurveda in order to maintain a healthy life. In Ayurveda Acharya Charak has mentioned regular intake of food articles belongs to different categories of food. Acharya charak has classified Aahar(diet) in twelve categories. Among these, shuka dhanya is the first one and shimbi dhanya is the second. In modern literature, shuka dhanya has been classified in monocotyledons & energy giving food. Energy giving food mainly includes cereals group like wheat, rice, maize, oats, jowar, ragi & bajara. Ancient acharyas has mentioned some shuka dhanya dravyas with their gunas like shashtika, vrihi, yava, wheat which play an important role in prevention of diseases. Likewise, in modern literature, shimbi dhanya has been classified in dicotyledons & valuable sources of protein as well as being low in saturated fat, sodium & also cholesterol free. Pulses includes all beans, peas, & lentils like green gram, black gram, rajmah, horse gram, moth beans, Bengal gram, lentils/masoor dal etc. Ancient acharyas has mentioned some shimbidhanya dravyas with their gunas like mudga, masha, rajamash, kulattha, makushthak, chanaka, masoor, tila which plays an important role in prevention of diseases.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Aahar, Shuka-shimbi dhanya varga, Pulses & cereals nutritive values.


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