राजसं चेन्द्रियप्रेष्ठं तामसं चार्तिदाशुचि ॥ २८ ॥
āhāryaṁ sāttvikaṁ smṛtam
pathyam — beneficial; pūtam — pure; anāyastam — attained without difficulty; āhāryam — food; sāttvikam — in the mode of goodness; smṛtam — is considered; rājasam — in the mode of passion; ca — and; indriya-preṣṭham — very dear to the senses; tāmasam — in the mode of ignorance; ca — and; ārti-da — which creates suffering; aśuci — is impure.
Food that is wholesome, pure and obtained without difficulty is in the mode of goodness, food that gives immediate pleasure to the senses is in the mode of passion, and food that is unclean and causes distress is in the mode of ignorance.
Food in the mode of ignorance causes painful disease and ultimately premature death.