Enjoy monsoons with some food precaution

Enjoy monsoons with some food precaution

After an intense hot summer that kills both energy and appetite, monsoon arouses the taste buds once again. With a splash of rain and greenery abounding, the desire for food also prospers in the bountiful season. You crave hot mugs of tea, soups and pakoras to sit with by the window, and need we mention paneer tikkas and crispy chicken wing


However, monsoon is also the time when one should be extra careful of the food and drinks one is consuming. It is no secret that the rainy season harbours germs and infections and what better host for them than consumables.

We decided to ask a few nutritionists and dieticians and find out for you what is fit to have, and best kept away from, during monsoon.

Mansi Sareen, holistic health practitioner, member of AADP USA and International Holistic studies, Canada, says, “Monsoon, unfortunately, is the ideal time for spread of diseases like cholera, flu, typhoid, jaundice and food poisoning. Therefore, it is extremely important to be cautious of what you are eating.”

“Avoid street food as it is a haven for all kinds of germs. Spicy and oily food should also be kept away as it leads to rise in body heat and therefore allergies. Heavy food items like corn, radish, beef and taro are a big no-no. Milk, though a wholesome food, also tends to be easily contaminated in monsoon and therefore, should be substituted with yoghurt, probiotic milk and soy milk.”

Sheetal Walia, chief dietician, PGD Nutrition and Dietetics, Mayom Hospital, Gurgaon, says, “Fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended in any and every season. However, during monsoon, it’s best to avoid leafy veggies like spinach, parsley and fenugreek. At this time, moulds, small insects and germs, all tend to grow on them. Steamed veggies and soups are more preferable.”

“Seafood should also not be consumed as monsoon is the breeding season for water creatures. Refrain from enjoying your favourite raw fish Sushi,” she adds.

Priya Bharma, dietician, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute advises to stay away from salty food items, “Salt promotes water retention in the body. Use less salt in your food. Use more herbs and spice to flavour dishes.” A much-loved fruit at this time, mango, should also be had in moderation as it can lead to pimples, she cautions.

Honey Tandon, chief dietician Columbia Asia hospital, Gurgaon, recommends lots of garlic, herbal teas and cereals, “Garlic boosts immunity to fight infections. Herbal tea keeps flu at bay and also helps in digestion. Cereals, lastly, being dry, have the least possibility of harbouring germs.”
With these food tips, monsoons can be much more healthy and fun-filled.

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