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Energy Properties of Foods

This Table is also available in the print book “The Total Life Energy Plan.”

Food Spicy Sweet Sour Bitter Salty hot Warm Neutral Cool Cold Kidney Spleen Heart Lung Liver
abalone x x x x
adzuki bean x x x x x
alfalfa x x x
aloe vera x x x x x
almond x x x
apple x x x x x x
apricot x x x x x
asparagus x x x x
avocado
bamboo shoot x x
banana x x x x
barley x x x x
basil x x x x
bean curd, tofu x x x x
beef x x x
beef marrow x x x x x
beer x x x
beet x x
bitter melon x x x x
black beans x x x x x
black fungus x x x x x x x
black sesame seed x x x x x x
bok choy, Napa cabbage x x x x
broad bean x x x
broccoli x x x
brown sugar x x x x
buckwheat x x x
buffalo meat x x x
butter x x
cabbage x x x x
cantaloupe x x x x
carp (common) x x x x
carp (gold) x x x
carp (grass) x x x
carrot x x x x x
catfish x
cauliflower x x x
celery x x x x x
cheese x x x x x
cherry x x x x
chestnut x x x x x
chicken x x x
chicken egg x x x x x x
chicken egg white x x x x
chicken egg yolk x x x x x
Chinese pearl barley x x x x
Chinese yam x x x x x
chrysanthemum x x x x x
cilantro x x x x
cinnamon bark x x x x x x x
cinnamon twig x x x x x x x
clam x x
clove x x x x
coconut meat x x x x
coconut water x x
coffee bean x x x x
coriander  x x x x
corn x x x x
corn silk x x x x
crab x x x x
cucumber x x x x
cumin x x
daikon x x x x x
duck x x x x x
duck egg x x x
eel x x x x x
eggplant x x x x
fennel x x x x x
fig x x x x
fish oil x x
flaxseed x x x x
frog x x x x x
garlic x x x x
garlic chive x x x x x x
ginger, dried x x x x x
ginger, fresh x x x x x
ginger, skin x x x x
gluten x x
gourd x x x x
grape x x x x x x
grapefruit x x x x x
green bean x x x
green pepper x x x x x x
honey x x x x
honeydew x x x x
hot pepper x x x x
Jellyfish x x x x
jujube, red or black x x x
kelp x x x
kidney bean x x
kidney, beef’s x x x x
kidney, pork’s x x x
kidney, sheep’s x x x
kiwi fruit x x x x x x
kohlrabi x x x x
lamb x x x x
leek x x x x
lemon / lime x x x x x x
lettuce x x x x
litchi x x x x x
liver, beef x x x
liver, chicken x x x x
liver, pork x x x x
liver, sheep x x x x
lobster x x x x x
longan x x x x
lotus root x x x x x
lotus seed x x x x x
lotus plumule x x x x x
malt x x+ x
maltose x x x x
mandarin orange x x x x x
mango x x x x x
milk, cow’s x x x x x
milk, human’s x x x x x
milk, goat’s x x x x x
millet x x x x x
mint x x x x x x
mulberry x x x x x x
mung bean x x x x x
mushroom x x x x
mushroom, Hericium x x x
mushroom, shiitake x x x x
mustard x x x x
mustard green x x x x x x
mussel x x x x
nutmeg x x x x
oat x x x x x
octopus x x x x x
oil, coconut
oil, olive
oil, peanut x x x x
oil, sesame x x x
oil, soybean x x x x
olive x x x x x x
onion x x x x x
orange x x x x x x
orange peel x x x x x
oregano x x
oyster x x x x x x
papaya x x x x
pea x x x
peach x x x x x x
peanut x x x x
peanut skin x x x- x x x x
pear x x- x x x
pepper, black and white x x x x
persimmon x x x x x
pineapple x x x x-
pine nut x x x
plum x x x x x
pomegranate x x x
pork x x x x x x
potato x x x
pumpkin x x x x x
radish x x x x x
raspberry x x x x
red bean x x x x
rice, black x x x x x x
rice, brown x x x x
rice, glutinous, sweet x x x x
rice, glutinous, fermented x x x x
rice, white x x x x
rosemary x x x
salmon x x x
salt x x x
scallion, green part x x x
scallion, white part x x x x
scallop x x x x x
sea cucumber x x x x
seaweed x x x x x
sesame x x x
shrimp x x x x x x
snail x x x x x x
sorghum x x x x x
soy sauce x x
soybean (black) x x x x x
soybean (yellow) x x x x x
spinach x x x x x x
squid x x x x x
star anise x x x x x x
star fruit x x x x x
strawberry x x x x x
sugar cane x x x x
sunflower seed x x x
tangerine x x x x x x
taro x x x
tea, black x x
tea, green x
thyme x x
tilapia
tofu x x x x
tomato x x x x x x
trout x
tuna
turkey
turmeric x x x x x
vinegar x x x x x
walnut x x x x
water chestnut x x x
watercress x x x x x
watermelon x x x x
wheat x x x x x
wheat bran x x x
winter squash x x x
white fungus x x- x x x
white sugar x x x x
wine x x x x x x x x
wolfberry x x x x x
yam x x x x
yogurt x x x
zucchini

Note:                              

  • The data are from Chinese Medical history. Adjust the energy levels to your local climate conditions.
  • Eat mostly local in-season foods, adjusted by your health conditions.
  • Lotus root changes from cold to warm after cooking.
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