10 Food habits to observe this monsoon
Although the monsoons bring a lot of relief from the hot Indian summers there are still some drawbacks that come with the season. Especially in the food department there are certain do’s and don’ts to follow to ensure that you keep your family healthy this monsoon.
Here are some food habits to observe this monsoon:
- Boiled or bottled water is essential during the entire monsoon season. Make sure your children carry their own water bottles if they leave the house.
- It is important to stay hydrated as a lot of water leaves your body as sweat during the humid monsoons.
- Due to the humidity, the body is at its lowest in terms of digestion capacity. So try not to indulge your child by letting him/her eat too much of fried or rich foods as this will lead to a stomach upset. Instead opt for something that is steamed or grilled.
- Try to include foods that are rich in anti-oxidants such as different gourds, pumpkins, capsicum, berries etc. as they will help boost your child’s immune system and keep those pesky monsoon sniffles and coughs away.
- Absolutely avoid fruit or vegetable juices from stalls or bandis as we will not know what kind of water or ice they use and they carry a high risk of contamination especially since water borne diseases are common during this season. Switch to coconut water or homemade fruit juices instead.
- Seasonal fruits such as pomegranates, bananas, peaches, pears etc. can be consumed however it is best to avoid water-based fruits such as watermelon and musk melons as they attract bacteria whose presence is increased during the monsoons.
- All leafy greens and foods that come from the ground like carrots or cabbage should be thoroughly washed and preferably boiled before consumption.
- Avoid eating raw foods such as pre-cut fruit, sprouts or salads, especially outside. Go for something that is cooked instead.
- Although many children love paani puri, shaved ice and other roadside foods, it is best not to indulge your child as they may contain harmful water-borne diseases or can cause food poisoning. Instead you can opt for safer options such as corn on the cob.
- Try to avoid raw or semi-cooked eggs or seafood and cold cuts as well. Always feed your child properly cooked food during this season to prevent any kind of stomach upsets.