With monsoon at its peak and as the sweltering heat of the summer months gives way to the monsoon clouds, it is time to welcome the variety of fruits and vegetables which arrive along with the season. However, this also calls for the arrival of an array of bacteria’s which are responsible for harming the health and affecting the overall immunity. For example, leafy vegetables are a big no-no during this season since they carry excessive germs and bacteria which are difficult to get rid off and can make anyone prone to health hazards. Since monsoon season is notoriously known for being the season when maximum amount of people tend to fall sick, it is important to make sure that our immune system is boosted and ready to tackle it!
Experts have long been recommending to eat seasonal vegetables to enjoy their freshness and utilize their nutritional value fully. Bottle Gourd is a perfect example as it is rich in dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble, helping with maintaining a healthy digestive tract. Apart from this, it has iron content and is rich in vitamin B and C, further helping in anti-oxidative actions. It is also a low-calorie diet, which helps in keeping your tummy light. Another member of the gourd family is the Teasel gourd or ‘Kantola’ which is a green coloured cactus-like vegetable that has a collection of health benefits. Rich in proteins, iron, and fiber, it helps keep your stomach in good shape during the monsoons by strengthening the functioning of your digestive tract and keeping infections at bay.
Other than this, fruits and vegetables like pumpkins, sweet potatoes, corn, eggplant, cranberries, blueberries, apples, beets, ginger, garlic, brussel sprouts, etc. are good during this season.
What you should be avoiding are the juices and cut fruits sold on the road which can possibly be made out of stale fruits or fruits that are cut well in advance and have a good chance to get infected during monsoons. Incase you are hooked to indulging in fruit juices, prepare your juices at home using fresh fruits and consume instantly. Likewise, it is also necessary to avoid street food sold on the road as they are cut and prepared in advance and may get infected and affect your system.
Stay safe and consume smartly! Happy monsoons!