Foods that have a stimulating effect on the mind and body, that give motivation and create desires, stimulates aggression, passion, fire, imbalance of the emotion, energy, alters the consciousness, and creates depression. It contains more oil and spices compared to satvik food. Rajasic foods are bitter, sour, salty, pungent, hot and dry.
Example- Fish, eggs, and chicken, all whole pulses and dals (not sprouted), hot spices like chilies and pepper, salt, brinjal (eggplant), onion, garlic, radish, tea, coffee, aerated drinks and chocolate etc.
Tamasic foods give us the desire to stop, slow down, and rest. These foods have a dulling effect on the mind, lower our resistance to disease, cloud the mind and promote negative emotions. They block the flow of energy and produce harmful toxins. These foods are considered to be highly harmful to the body, mind, and soul.
Example- Fast food, fried foods, frozen and canned foods, microwaved foods, processed foods, stale food, alcohol, drugs, chemicals, mushrooms, margarine, red meat, beef, sausages, bacon, and ham.