Hakim Chishti in his classic work, sets out the metabolic values of foods:

Heating (Garmi) Foods

Meat: lamb, liver, chicken, goose, duck, eggs, goat (male)

Dairy products: sheep’s milk, cream cheese, cream, clarified butter (ghee)

Vegetables and Beans: asparagus, beet, radish, onion, mustard greens, kidney beans, leek, eggplant, chick peas, red pepper, green pepper, carrot seed, squash, turnip, parsley

Fruits: peach, plum, lime, lemon, rhubarb, banana, red raisins, green raisins, dates, figs, olive, ripe grapes, all dried fruit

Seeds and Nuts: sesame, almond, pistachio, apricot kernels, walnut, pine nuts

Grains: thin-grain rice, basmati rice, wheat

Oils: sesame oil, corn oil, castor oil, mustard oil

Beverages: black tea, milk

Herbs: basil, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, marjoram, mint, celery seed, anise seed, rue, saffron, garam masala (blend), curry powder (blend), senna, frankincense, mustard

Other: vermicelli, honey, rock candy, all sweet things, salt, all modern medicine


Cooling (Sardi) Foods

Meat: rabbit, goat (female), beef

Fish: all fish, in general

Dairy Products: cow’s milk, mother’s milk, goat’s milk, butter, buttermilk, dried cheeses, margarine

Vegetables and beans: lettuce, celery, sprouts (general), zucchini, spinach, cabbage, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, white potato, sweet potato, carrot, cucumber, soybeans, tomato, turnip, peas, beans (general)

Fruits: apple, melons (general), mulberries, peach, pear, coconut, fig, pomegranate, apricot, orange, carob

Seeds and nuts: none

Grains: brown rice, thick grain rice, barley, lentils

Oils: sunflower oil, coconut oil

Beverages: green tea, coffee

Herbs: coriander (dry), drill, henna, thyme, rose, jasmine

Other: refined sugar, vinegar, bitter things, sour things, truffles, water