Before diving into do’s and don’ts of Jain Diet, let me give you a small introduction about what Jain Diet is all about. Jain Diet is all about practicing vegetarianism at its finest. It is based on nonviolence. No animal’s ingredients including milk, eggs, meat, and fish are used. Even the root vegetables like potatoes and onions are avoided. Since Jainism is based on non-violence, the goal is to limit nonviolence as much as possible.
Let us look into the restrictions of the Jain diet
Restrictions of Jain diet
- Jain Diet prohibits root vegetables such as potatoes, onions, roots, and tuber vegetables. The main reason for this is underground vegetables contain many microorganisms compared to the others. Therefore, by consuming these vegetables, one would be killing numerous lives. In addition, consuming root vegetables mean the whole plant is to be uprooted, which in turn kills the whole plant.
• They strongly avoid milk and related products. Normally vegetarians consume dairy products. However, Jainism prohibits even the smallest amount of dead animals or its eggs, which will be present in milk and other products like cheese. However, some Jains do consume cheese and yogurt given that they are freshly prepared and eaten the same day.
• Honey is also avoided since the honey collection is considered as an intrusion into the honeycomb and thereby an act as violence against the bees itself.
• Due to the fermentation process and following the killing of a large number of microorganisms, beers and alcohols are strict taboos in Jainism. Also, Jains avoid alcohol as it destroys the power of discrimination, creates delusion and results in ill health.
• Jainism prohibits eating food that is stored overnight due to the higher concentration of microorganisms. It goes with food that is decayed.
• During some specific fasting periods and monsoon season, they refrain from consuming green colored vegetables or any vegetable containing chlorophyll.
• Also, Jainism prohibits eating after sunset. This is because most of the flies and insects are active after sunset. Therefore, the chances of them falling into food are higher, thereby increasing the chance of accidentally consuming them. The, strict Jainism followers take the vow of not eating after sunset.
• Silver foils are common in Indian sweets as decorations. Jains avoid silver foils as the foils are pounded out between layers of the bull intestine and hence deemed not vegetarian.
• Bean sprouts are prohibited since they are whole plants and their consumption means killing a whole plant.
• Eggs are forbidden as it is the progeny idea five sensed being.
• Mushrooms, yeast, and other such food items are prohibited as they are parasites and grow in an unclean environment. In addition, it may harbor other lifeforms.
Though there are many prohibitions and restrictions, the Jain diet is no less in variety and is not a poor cuisine. The Jain diet is the forerunners of much popularized Vegan Diet. Jain Diet has replacements for the nutrients and is healthy. Now let us look into replacements of various nutrients in the Jain diet. Also see the best Indian food for weight loss.
Replacements of various Nutrients in Jain Diet
Source of calcium for the human body is mainly provided by milk and other milk products like cheese. So how do the strictest of Jains get calcium into their systems? For this, they heavily rely on Soybean. Milk is replaced by soymilk while tofu replaces paneer. Various other soy products can help avoid monotony in preparing milk free food. Explore more on how ‘Garlic’ can help in weight loss.
Muscle building proteins
Jains can neither have any kind of meat nor egg, due to their policy of
nonviolence. Therefore, to help build muscles in the body Jains intake pulses as a source of protein instead
of meat and eggs. Various kinds of pulses like red kidney beans, lentils and grams pose a a variety of
protein source to Jains.
Cereals are an important source of carbohydrates and fibers in Jain Diet. In
addition to this, cereals are also an excellent source of vitamins.
in Jain Diet, the main source of vitamins are seeds, like flax seeds, chia seeds etc. What
they lose out by avoiding fish and meat, they get it in these seeds. Fun fact: flax seeds are the only
know the vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Jain diet or not, we should eat food in the right combination so that the body can
absorb much more nutrients. For example, legumes with grams can help the body absorb more
nutrients compared to what is absorbed when you eat this food alone.
Jain Diet expand the term vegetarianism to the extent that they even consider microorganisms as living being
and thus redeems it to be violence. In addition to. This Jain diet also involves fasting (missing a meal or
two) on every 8th and 14th day. This is done to maintain the food health and exercise self-control on oneself.