The monsoon has finally set in to provide a respite from the scathing heat of the summers. Arrival of monsoon brings along an unparalleled joy in our hearts. Besides the pleasant weather, we also get to enjoy a whole wide variety of delicacies that carry a special attachment with the rains. But hold yourself before digging in to those lip smacking recipes as we have a few words of caution for you.
Together with the fun of rains, monsoon also brings with itself a series precarious and hazardous ailments and infections. In this season, human digestive system becomes highly sensitive therefore; there are a few varieties of foods that must be strictly avoided in this season so that you can enjoy rains to the fullest.
Following – Six Foods you must avoid in Monsoons
- Leafy vegetables – That’s right. Although we have been advised to consume lots of leafy vegetables all-round the year but monsoon is the time they should be kept away. The humidity in the weather makes these vegetables susceptible to germs and infections. So instead of cabbage and spinach, its better to go for vegetables like bottle gourd, beans, bitter gourd, tinda etc.
- Pre-cut Fruits and juices from roadside vendors – Any fruits or juices that are exposed to air for a long time during rainy season are prone to infections. So instead of having juices or fruits from local vendors getting whole fruits at home is a better idea. Wash them well and peel and cut them as and when you want to eat. Similarly, any beverage you consume in this season should be prepared at home.
- Meat – As we have discussed, our digestive system becomes very delicate in monsoons, and meat is a food that gets heavy on our stomach. So it is better avoided in this season. However, if you are among those who can’t resist eating meat, then a better idea is to have chicken stew, soup or a cold chicken salad.
- Sea food – monsoon is the breeding season for sea food and fishes. Since there are no fresh catches in this season, the best idea would be to avoid sea food completely for a few weeks, but still if you want to have some, then have only fresh sea food.
- Fried Street-food – Indian monsoon and fried snacks have a deep and innate connection. If you are also among those who yearn for fried food during rains then my advice is to prepare it at home instead of buying from street vendors. Cooking in open makes these foods highly susceptible to germs and infections.
- Carbonated drinks – Fizzy drinks tend to dehydrate our body, hamper our digestion and reduce the minerals in our body. So instead of carbonated drinks, keep a bottle of clean drinking water or nimbu paani with you all the time while you are out. And even better idea would be to stick to warm beverages like ginger tea or green tea.
The winning health mantras during rainy season are to maintain personal hygiene, eat fresh and light, stay active and keep yourself hydrated. Following these few simple tips can make monsoon season a time of bliss for all of us.