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5 Foods to Be Mindful of During Monsoon

The pitter-patter of raindrops, the earthy scent of petrichor, and a refreshing dip in temperature – the monsoon season brings a welcome respite from the scorching summer heat. But along with the joy of the rains comes the increased risk of waterborne illnesses. Being mindful of what you consume during this time is crucial to staying healthy.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
Consume foods during the rainy season carefully (Photo Source: Pexels.com)
Consume foods during the rainy season carefully (Photo Source: Pexels.com)

While monsoon rain cravings are real! A plate of hot pakodas some chai and the rain is a deadly combination! But we must understand that like every other season, monsoon too has its pros and cons. And some restrictions come our way irrespective. Shifting dietary preferences as per the season is an efficient way to take care of your physical well-being.

1. Seafood: Monsoon season coincides with the breeding season for many fish varieties. While not inherently unsafe, improper handling and storage can lead to a build-up of bacteria. Heavy rainfall can stir up pollutants in coastal waters, contaminating seafood. During heavy rains, proper sanitation practices might be compromised, increasing the risk of bacterial contamination in seafood. Make sure that the fish is well-cooked and is bought from trusted sources.

2. Street Food: The allure of piping hot street food on a rainy day can be strong. However, hygiene standards often take a backseat during the monsoon.  Street vendors might not have access to clean running water, and improper food storage can attract pests and pathogens. Increased humidity creates a breeding ground for bacteria, and monsoon rains can contaminate exposed food.

3. Fried Food: While that crispy pakoda might seem like the perfect monsoon comfort food, it is best to limit your indulgence.  Fried foods are generally high in unhealthy fats and can lead to digestive issues, which are already more common during the monsoon due to changes in gut flora. Greasy foods can take longer to digest, putting a strain on your digestive system which might already be working overtime to adjust to the monsoon climate.

4. Cut Fruits: Fresh, seasonal fruits are a great source of vitamins and hydration. However, pre-cut fruits sold by street vendors can be a breeding ground for bacteria, especially during the monsoon.

5. Dairy: Products like milk and yogurt are excellent sources of calcium and protein. However, during the monsoon, the quality of milk might be compromised due to adulteration or improper storage. Unpasteurized dairy products pose a higher risk of foodborne illnesses.

By being mindful of these foods and prioritizing safe and hygienic practices, you can enjoy the monsoon season without compromising your health. Remember, a little caution goes a long way in ensuring a happy and healthy monsoon!

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