Diet tips: Dos and don'ts to follow while eating out during monsoon

Planning to eat out with your friends during monsoon? Avoid falling ill by following these simple tips by a nutritionist.

Published on Jul 09, 2022 06:33 PM IST 6 Photos

Monsoon is the time when everyone loves to enjoy eating out. It's the perfect weather to have get togethers with family and outings with friends. However, it's important to take precautions while eating out during monsoons to avoid falling ill due to food poisoning. Vyuhitha, Executive Nutritionist, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Electronic City, Bangalore offers tips for safely eating outing during monsoon.(Pexels)

Choose a hygiene restaurant: Look for cleanliness of the dining area, dining table, cutlery and the surrounding areas like food counters, hand wash area, kitchen etc. It is also important to check for maintenance of hygienic food safety practices like sanitization, hygiene of the food handlers (illness and wearing gloves, masks etc.) and restaurant/food outlet should be free of insects and pests (proper pest control).(Hindustan Times)

Think twice before indulging in non veg food: During monsoons in order to avoid food poisoning caused by all meat and meat products it is important to look for cross contamination during preparation, growth of harmful pathogens due to improper refrigerator storage temperature, half cooked meat and meat products which may have been infected by harmful pathogens like Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli etc. which grow easily during monsoon. High risk populations with poor immunity and gut health, comorbidities, children, elders need be careful; especially pregnant women should avoid ordering or eating out half cooked meat and meat products, sea foods as they may contain mercury which is not safe for the baby’s growth and development.(Simrun Chopra)


Under cooked foods: During monsoons foods served outside has to be cooked properly before eating. It is necessary to cross check if there is any rawness, softness, juiciness etc. when eating outside food. Avoid choosing dishes which involve improper cooking methods like grilled, half boiled, sauté, blanching instead go for meals that are completely cooked by steaming, pressure cooking, full boiling etc.(Pinterest)

Food temperature: Food temperature has to be maintained to avoid growth of pathogens. Make sure cold foods should be served cold and hot foods should be delivered hot. Lukewarm foods increase the risk of food poisoning as food temperature between 40°F and 140°F is considered as danger zone where the pathogens grow rapidly leading to food spoilage.(Pixabay)