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Foods are Classified by The Five Tastes

Foods are classified by the five tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and pungent. Each taste acts on or has direct influence on a specific vital organ. When each taste is consumed in moderation, it benefits the corresponding organ. Over-indulgence in any taste harms the organ and creates imbalance among the five vital organ systems.

Sweet acts: on the spleen and stomach helping digestion and neutralizing the toxic effects of other foods.

Sour acts: on the liver and gall bladder and controls diarrhea and excessive perspiration.

Bitter acts: on the heart and small intestine and reduces body heat and excessive fluids and induces diarrhea.

Salty foods act: on the kidneys and bladder and soften hardness of muscles or glands.

Pungent acts: on the lungs and large intestine and induces perspiration and promotes energy circulation.

The five organ systems control and support each other. Proper coordination only exists when there is no one organ stronger or weaker than the rest. Since the five tastes have direct influences on your organs, your diet should have a good combination of the five tastes in order to promote internal balance and harmony.