The season of rains is here. Although rains are a relief from the burning heat but can be dangerous for our body. Most of the diseases related to monsoon arise when we consume outside food and water based dishes. Mentioned in this article are nine food items that should be avoided strictly during the season of monsoon.
1. Pakoras – The combination of pakoras and a cup of tea is almost irresistible as a snack during the season of rains. They are already deep fired and hence a very unhealthy snack even if prepared at home. The level of humidity is certainly high during the season of monsoons and as a result the digestive system of an average human loses immunity. Therefore it is necessary to avoid food item which are very healthy and not easy to digest or food items rich in oil content as it can affect the stomach. Food items like pakoras, which are sold outside can be very harmful as they are unhygienic as the control over the contents used for the preparation of such food item is lost.
2. Chaat – Another snack from the roads of India is the famous and loved by all chaat. Chaat is a name given to certain set of food items which includes bhel puri, gol gappas, dahi puri etc. There is a high probability that these dishes are made from unhealthy water. It is more likely, especially in the rainy season that the water used for making such dishes has been contaminated. As a result these snacks become dangerous for human consumption and cause illness. Water infections can cause many serious diseases including Jaundice, Diarrhea and other similar diseases. All the contents used while making chaat are not healthy. Once can also choose to make chaat at home so that the infections can be avoided.
3. Kachori/Samosa – Kachoras and Samosas are also some of the most loved and appreciated roadside snack during the season of rains in India along with a cup of tea. Such dishes can be the cause of acidity, diabetes and obesity if it they are consumed regularly when the stomach is already upset. Another aspect which also concludes to the fact that such dishes which are prepared roadside are made from oil, which is stored for several months, which is extremely harmful and can cause serious digestive problems. You can also try and prepare similar or same snacks with healthier options like using yam instead of the regular potato, which is used for filling. You can also alter the upper crust and use whole wheat flour. Even after alterations try and eat in moderation.
4. Indo Chinese Items – The food sold on the side of the streets should be strictly avoided irrespective of any season. The Chinese food items prepared during the season of monsoon are again at a high probability of making you ill as the water required to prepare such dishes can be contaminated very easily. The high levels of artificial colors, ajinomoto and stored oil is under a cover of extra spices to cover the staleness and make it appear and tasty. In India there are infinite thelas selling Chinese food at the side of the roads. As the food is cheap it is consumed by a lot of people.Apart from getting caught in the hands of water borne diseases, such food items can lead to various other conditions like shortness of breath, nausea, migraines, headaches, tingling or burning sensation around the mouth area, stomach ache and many more. The presence of monosodium glutamate in such food items can be the cause of the above mentioned health conditions. You can simply prepare Chinese food at home and avoid such heath conditions by using healthy ingredients. The monosodium can be easily replaced by normal salt and you can try to avoid heavy usage of oil and spices while cooking.
5. Leafy Vegetables – It is a very famous and known fact that all green vegetables are extremely healthy for the health. However you may be interested in knowing that it is also recommended to avoid eating such leafy vegetables during the season of rains. The presence of damp, dirt and mud over the leaves turn these green leaves prone to various germs, which are the cause of various stomach infections. If you are inclined on consuming such vegetables and if it is a necessary then make sure you have carefully drained out the entire germ causing dirt from the vegetables.
6. Roadside Juices – The juices prepared on the roadside are not healthy as there is no certainty that the fruits used for the preparation are fresh or not. The fruits used are sometimes left untouched after pealing or cutting before the juice is made, which increases the probability of getting infected. For the similar reason it is advised not to consume fruits salad that is sold roadside. The preparation for a healthy juice does not take long and can be extremely healthy as compared to those sold on roads.
7. Sea Food – The season for breeding is monsoon for fishes and prawns hence seafood should be strictly avoided during the season of rains. If it is very essential for you to consume fish try and pick the freshest fish possible.
8. Carbonated Drinks – Carbonated drinks tend to dip the levels of minerals in the body and also decreases the activity of enzymes in the body which is a reason good enough for digestion. It is therefore advised to avoid them especially during the monsoons as the digestive system is already upset. On the other hand you should try and consume as much water as possible as the sweat takes time in evaporating during the season of rains due to the moisture in the air. Consuming more water will restrain our body from releasing heat. Therefore it is suggested to keep water bottles handy. You can try and consume warm beverages such ginger tea or light coffee.
9. Peeled or Pre-cut fruits – It is always better to not eat fruits which are already cut and stored or peeled and kept in open. The consumptions of monsoon should be barred as soon as the rains arrive. Fruits like pears, peaches, bananas, papayas and plums should be regularly consumed. Although make sure to wash carefully before eating. You can also go for nuts and seeds but keep the quantity of consumption low.