Although during monsoon we enjoy having khichdi (or khichuri) for lunch with a dash of lemon and various fried items like papad, fish, potato etc. yet there are certain things which are best avoided. In July 20, 2021 an article was published in The Times of India ‘Foods that you should avoid during monsoons’ is quite pertinent. That monsoon has not yet picked-up the momentum in this part of the country is a different story altogether. We reproduce the article:
Mushroom: Mushrooms are most prone to insects and bacteria during monsoons because of the moisture-laden atmosphere. Mushrooms are in close proximity to soil and the damp air creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Bacteria-infected mushrooms might not be visible to the naked eye but can give rise to stomach infections and diseases. Thus, it is best to stay away from mushrooms during the rainy season.
Sour food: Sour foods like pickles, chutney, sour candies, tamarind etc must be avoided during monsoons. Such sour foods can cause water retention in the body, which can make you feel bloated. Tangy foods during monsoons can cause throat ache and ultimately fever.
Roadside juices: Juices might offer an instant relief during hot and humid weather but can also lead to trouble. Street vendors usually cut the fruit in advance which makes them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If you want, you can prepare fruit juice at home or opt for coconut water, jaljeera and lemonade.
Seafood: The risk of contamination through water is highest during monsoons. Thus, foods like fish, prawns, shrimp etc pose the highest risk of infection. Seafood can be an active carrier of infection which might prevail even after proper washing and cooking. Thus, it is best to stick to chicken and other non-veg dishes during monsoons and avoid seafood for a few days.
Leafy vegetables: Even though leafy vegetables are super nutritious for your body and should be an integral part of your diet, you must abstain from eating them for a few weeks during the monsoons. The hot and humid weather of summer and monsoon combined can make the green leafy veggies go bad in no time. Due to the dampness in the air, vegetables like spinach and cabbage are highly susceptible to germs. So, opt for fresh seasonal vegetables and make sure to cook them properly.
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