Introducing the Five Energies of Food

Introducing the Five Energies of Food

Author: Cindy Mai from Root + Spring…

In the Western diet, if we are health conscious, we typically assess our food for their calories, fat, carbohydrates, proteins, and other nutritional content. However, in the Chinese diet and according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there are two additional properties that foods are classified in: “energy” and “flavor”. Today, I introduce you to the ENERGIES and give a few examples of what types of foods could fall into which category.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, foods are just like healing herbs that can and should be selected appropriately for your body whether you need to cleanse, tonify, or regulate your system. There are five total “energies” of food: cold, hot, warm, cool and neutral. Energy, of course, refers not to the actual temperature of the food but the effects they generate in the human body.

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