College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2021-09-14 17:17:15



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


A sattvic diet is a diet characterized by a moderate intake of food that is not reheated and is only eaten twice daily. It is mentioned in ancient Hindu scriptures such as the Srimad Bhagavad-gita. This paper aims to compare foods and habits considered to be sattvic with those considered to be rajasic and tamasic (those outside of the diet) in regard to all-cause mortality. Because of the many variable factors of all three diets, specific words mentioned in the texts were used to search Google Scholar, Agricola, Medline, Food Science Source, CINAHL Plus, Cochrane Library Online, PubMed, Health Source, Ovid Nursing & Health Profession Journals, Health Source, and Europe PMC databases along with the following keywords: mortality, all-cause mortality. Results were selected by title, then abstract, then full-text. Twelve results were included in relation to all-cause mortality. Sixty-five mixed results showed associations between different factors in a sattvic diet and health risks/benefits found. The resulting information did not lead to an association between all-cause mortality and a sattvic diet. Further studies are necessary to better understand and present the totality of a sattvic diet and its relation to mortality in general.

Research Sponsor

Pei-Yang Liu

First Reader

Leann Schaeffer

Second Reader

Christin Seher

Honors Faculty Advisor

Christin Seher



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