Eat right in the rains


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Eat right in the rains

Sure, the rains will be cooling and make the city look nicer, but with the heavy showers also come health woes.

It becomes important to eat right during this season as bacteria and different viruses invade the various foods and give rise to a number of illnesses.

One must thus make the right choices of food so as to avoid illnesses. Says Dr Roy Patankar, a Mumbai-based gastroentrologist, "Monsoon-related illnesses peak in June and July. One of the most common illness is gastroenteritis and we have already seen a number of patients from residential colonies coming down with it. This is likely due to contaminated water supply.

Another major cause of ill-health is the unhygienic storage of food in roadside stalls withflies causing infections. Amoebiasis (infection of the intestine) also usually increases in monsoon."

What to keep in mind
Nutritionist Priya Karkera presents certain dietary rules to follow:

- A must have in your diet daily is pulses and sprouts. Serve them as chats, rolls, stuffing in sandwiches, or simply the typical Indian preparation. They contribute to a large amount of protein intake and safer in terms of contamination when compared to the veggies in the market. Pulses are packed with fibre, calcium and iron and when sprouted the nutritive value of the same doubles up.

- Vegetables must be washed well and cleaned not just before being cooked, but before they are put into the refrigerator too.

- Include bitter vegetables in your diet such as karela (bitter gourd) as well as herbs like methi (fenugreek) seeds as these prevent infection.

- During the monsoon its natural to consume less of water, however it is essential to stay hydrated to keep the rate of metabolism high. Sipping into warm water flavoured with basil / tulsi leaves or cumin / jeera can serve as a treat to the immune system.

- Home made soups are packed with nutrients and is a soothing beverage during heavy downpours.

- Add garlic to your soups and in your food as it can build the body's immunity.

- Including high fibre cereals like ragi, jowar and bajra, quinoa, dalia / broken wheat in ones daily regime can help not only in bringing variety but also increases the satiety value of the food hence bringing down hunger pangs.

- Avoid green leafy vegetables during the monsoons as they are loaded with germs which are difficult to be washed

- Roadside hot snacks such as chana and bhelpuri are the favourite takeaway in the rains. But these are loaded with tons of bacteria and viruses. Stay away from from such foods. Also avoid raw fruits as they serve as beds for bacterial growth leading to gastrointestinal

Cooking tip:
Go for grilled chicken
Opting for grilled and tandoori style of cooking than fried or curried versions is a good idea in this season. While grilling imparts a nice, smoky flavour to the chicken, it also cuts down on calories. Use a variety of sauces with it, such as tangy mustard, barbecue, pesto, peanut or orange.


Ruler's of Penmai
Registered User
Jul 26, 2012
Very good list of dos and donts during rainy season you have shared. thank you

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