New Delhi: As delayed as it may be, the fact that monsoon finally arrived and graced the national capital with its presence has been a delight in its own way. The rains served as a breath of fresh air, literally, in the summer heat, and everyone was ecstatic that it finally rained in Delhi NCR. People living in Delhi had been looking at the parts of the country that were receiving rainfall with envy, and their prayers were finally answered this week.
However, as happy as they made us, there are factors that really need consideration, now that the monsoon season is here. For instance, many insects make their way to our homes during the summer season. Some of them may sting us, causing rashes and bumps on the skin, and some may even contaminate or infect our food. During the monsoons, you should stay extra careful of what you eat, as some foods are at a higher risk of going bad in the rain. Some foods can also cause a few health issues because of their properties. Here are the foods to avoid during the rainy days.
Avoid street food
The rainy season leads to accelerated growth of bacteria, already present on the counters, utensils, etc. of street food vendors. You should avoid street food, especially during the rainy season as if you consume infected food, it can cause food poisoning, diarrhoea, etc.
Leafy vegetables and cauliflower
As mentioned already, many insects come out and breed during the rainy season. These insects can be present in fruits and vegetables, and especially leafy vegetables, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. and are difficult to spot in such vegetables. Either avoid or be very careful while consuming these vegetables. Wash them thoroughly and check them multiple times for insects or any signs of their presence. Also read Beware of gastroenteritis this monsoon! Symptoms of stomach flu, causes, treatment and prevention
Sour foods like tamarind, chutneys, pickles, etc. cause water retention in the body, which can make you fall sick in the rainy season. You must avoid eating or consuming sour foods to keep yourself healthy in the rainy season. Eat more dry foods like chana, corn, etc.
Cut fruits and vegetables
Though eating ‘fresh’ fruits and vegetables cut by a street vendor and their special spices added to it is a great feeling when it is raining, it may not be a very healthy practice. Cut fruits and vegetables are seldom fresh, and may also have growth of disease-causing bacteria. Many insects like flies and mosquitoes may have also been around them and contaminated the food with germs.
A few dairy products can also harbour germs and cause indigestion, a problem very common during the summer season. You must avoid heavy dairy products during the rains, and also consume them in limited quantities to not fall sick.