It is that time of year when spells of rain managed to evoke different reactions among people in the country. For some, it had a bad effect on their everyday life, while others are enjoying this time of the year with their favourite food items.
Just like eating a plate full of pakodas with a cup of hot tea has been a favourite monsoon pastime. Even though eating out does not harm occasionally, it happens when you start consuming too often creates a problem. When it comes to street foods, experts say that one should be extra cautious during monsoon as one is more prone to infections.
This damp weather is a home of germs and diseases like typhoid, dengue, indigestion and conjunctivitis. And the most prone victim is our tummy. Gol gappas lovers should try o avoid eating them in this season or consume it from a trusted place. Reason for pointing out this food item is that water used in gol gappas is a host of bacteria that can cause severe stomach infection.
There are few do’s don’ts that one should keep in mind while eating out in this moist and humid weather:
Always consume cooked food because the raw or semi-cooked food might have germs and insects in them. Cooked food would ensure that germs are killed in the heat. Also, make sure that corn cobs or bhutta are well-roasted before you eat.
Avoid consuming food that is kept outside. Roadside Pav bhaji and Chola kulcha is a home of germs that might lead to indigestion and infection.
Ditch oily, spicy or heavy and sugary food because your digestion slows down in this season, leading to problems like indigestion, bloating, acidity and gas. Also, you never know the type of oil used in this type of food.
Also, consume freshly prepared food and make sure that food is kept in cool temperature.
Avoid drinking water from any other source than sealed bottles and purifiers. And also, try to avoid snacks that contain water because you never know if the water is contaminated or not.
Things You Should Consume
Monsoon is the time when you should load up a lot of probiotics. Also, supplement your diet with more of buttermilk, yoghurt, fermented soybeans, vegetables and cheese. These probiotics contain good bacteria that support our gut health and that boost our immune system. Herbal teas like ginger tea, green tea, chamomile tea or lemon tea play a great role in improving digestion.