H for Hinduism

Being an Indian, Hindu myself, I grew up in a small town in India, Pune. My mother always inculcated the strong values of our culture among my sister and me. However, I loved the fact that most of these values surrounded around food and festivals and more food during festivals.
Hindu scriptures place a high value on vegetarian eating practices. The Hindu approach is rooted in the Vedas, Upanishads, Dharmashastras, Yoga Sutras, and other sacred texts of the Hindus.
Since ancient times, the cow has been revered as holy by the Hindu people. It symbolizes wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving, and full, earthly life. Due to this great respect for the animal, followers of this religion and lifestyle only consume its milk in liquid, yogurt, and cheese forms – it’s part of Hindu tradition to avoid the consumption of beef as well as pork. Most Hindus get their protein through daals (lentils) and dairy.
Food plays an important role in worship, and when Hindus have religious ceremonies, they offer Prasād (usually a sweet dish) to the Gods. Although fasting is an important part of Hinduism, more than 18 holidays on the Hindu calendar are based around feasts. Most fasting Hindus choose to live on fruit and milk, while others refrain from eating more than one meal per day. The purpose of fasting is to cleanse the body and develop a sense of discipline. Hindus believe that disciplined lives are the most
productive and rewarding. Fasting was also used during earlier centuries so that available resources could be saved and shared during scarce times.

Foods that are included in a Hindu Diet are-

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Dairy
  • Nuts

Foods that most Hindus avoid are-

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Hot peppers
  • Pickles


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