Monsoon Food: 5 Best and Worst Food to enjoy and avoid this monsoon season!

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Monsoon lovers rejoice! You have successfully beat the heat, and finally, the monsoon season has arrived. Nothing beats the joy of the monsoon’s first rain. This season sparks a wave of euphoria among everyone. We say monsoon, and you hear chai and pakoras. Right? And now is when you will crave junk food like momos, burgers, and noodles. But all that outside food will rob you of the fun of this monsoon season. Why? Do you know that monsoon season brings several bacteria and fungi, enough to make you ill? If you don’t want to spend your savings on the hospital bills falling ill. So here is the scoop on what foods to enjoy and avoid this monsoon season. 

Relish The Monsoon With These Five Foods 

#5 Spinach 

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Just like Popeye used spinach as a secret weapon to defeat his enemies, you can also eat spinach to beat seasonal illnesses. Spinach contains various vitamins and minerals such as A, C, and E. The best part of including spinach in your monsoon diet is that it boosts your immune system and won’t let you fall sick—other schools of thought about not consuming spinach, especially during the monsoon season. The reason is the dirt and mud come free with this leafy vegetable. But you also have a simple solution for this. First, wash spinach at least twice or thrice before cooking it. 

#4 Lemon 

When life gives you the lemon in the monsoon season, use it as a shield to fight seasonal infections. So make lemonade and add it to your recipes to make it juicy; it depends on how to include it in your diet. Its benefits lemon has various health advantages, such as strengthening bones and taking good care of the digestive system.

#3 Turmeric 

Turmeric is the essence of Indian cuisine. By adding turmeric into your diet, don’t worry about getting sick this monsoon season. Turmeric can be consumed in a handful of ways. Try mixing turmeric in milk or adding it to your daily food recipes. Turmeric includes antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and many more properties that keep you away from seasonal infections and diseases. And if you have followed our articles before, then you must know why turmeric is best for your health. But, those of you who have no clue, don’t fret. Turmeric is rich in the antioxidant curcumin, which acts as a shield for us and battles infection. So, you can also refer to turmeric as a panacea for all your health problems. 

#2 Garlic 

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Hopping on to the next best food you should include in your diet is Garlic. Allium Sativum(scientific name of Garlic), There are multiple ways of consuming Garlic for health benefits. First, you can directly chew raw Garlic ( don’t forget to use Listerine afterward). Touted as a stinking rose, Garlic provides you with n number of health advantages. For instance, it boosts your immunity and battles viral-causing bacteria. 

#1 Bitter Gourd 

Okay, we understand many of you can’t even think of eating bitter Gourd. However, this bitter food has many health benefits you are unaware of. Bitter Gourd, also known as karela, contains a high amount of Vitamin C and antiviral properties enough to make you healthy this monsoon season. So, muster some courage and include bitter Gourd in your diet as a juice, recipe, etc. Remember, bitter Gourd is the key to beating this monsoon’s infection. 

Foods to avoid! 

#5 Junk Food 

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Well, junk food is something that you should always avoid. This is when you stop listening to your food cravings and eat something healthy. The restaurants and food bars prepared aren’t safe to consume in the monsoon season because the bacteria and fungi are the most active at such low temperatures.   

#4 Meat/ Seafood 

For the unversed, the monsoon or rainy season is also the breeding season for the water creatures such as fish. So, if you consume seafood during this time, you will suffer from food poisoning and infections. 

#3 Fried Food 

Monsoon has arrived. It’s time for some masala chai and pakoras. But, if pakoras are making your mouth water, we must stop you. Why? This isn’t hidden from anyone that the rainy season causes a sudden surge in the humidity level. As a result, your stomach takes a back seat during the monsoon, which leads to a slow digestion process. So, if you treat your stomach with fried food items such as pakoras, it won’t be able to perform at its total capacity, and you will end up having gastronomical problems. 

#2 Mushroom 

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Mushroom is also food that should be avoided. Reason? Mushrooms are grown in areas with a higher probability of producing bacteria. For this, mushrooms are washed properly, but in monsoon season, you can’t get rid of the bacteria just by washing them thoroughly. So, even if mushrooms are your favorite, it is advised not to eat them, at least during the rainy season. 

#1 Leafy Vegetables 

Reading the name of green leafy vegetables in this list must have popped up a question in your head that leafy vegetables are the healthiest food one can consume. But if we have included green leafy vegetables here, there must be a reason. One reason is the free dirt and mud that comes with leafy vegetables, and the other is during the monsoon season. And the other reason is humidity level causes sudden dampness in the vegetables, opening the door to germs. So, note down the green and leafy vegetables that should not be part of your diet: cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, and many more. 

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Tarishi Aggarwal
Ph.D. in Dental Science, Tarishi is well known for his works in the health sector. Reach out at [email protected]