Three Foods to Avoid This Summer

When you think of summer, you think of completely relaxing! But there are some things you shouldn't forget. You'll have to keep watching your diet to avoid health problems.
Three Foods to Avoid This Summer

Last update: 19 August, 2021

There are a number of foods that you should avoid this summer as they carry some microbiological risks. The sudden rise in temperature means we must take extreme precautions in regard to food safety. With heat, there’s a greater likelihood of pathogenic bacteria proliferation.

You should remember that every year, a considerable number of people go to the emergency room for problems related to food poisoning. In most cases, nothing serious happens, although complications such as dehydration may occur. Keep reading to find out how to avoid it.

Foods to avoid this summer

In hot weather such as during summer, the risk of food poisoning increases considerably. Due to their characteristics, some foods pose more danger than others. Which ones should you avoid this summer?

Homemade mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is one of the most popular condiments. However, although homemade mayonnaise is of better quality than industrial mayonnaise, it’s made from raw eggs and can cause complications. If it isn’t properly preserved, Salmonella can grow inside it, leading to gastrointestinal problems.

So, if you’re going to make this condiment yourself, keep in mind that you should store it quickly in the refrigerator. It’s important to keep it covered and consume it within 48 hours. If you detect a bad odor or a change in its color,  throw it away immediately.

This food hygiene problem doesn’t exist with industrial mayonnaises or mayonnaises prepared in restaurants. In these cases, they use pasteurized egg as the main ingredient. This heat treatment causes the elimination of pathogenic bacteria that may inhabit the ingredient.

homemade mayonnaise
Homemade mayonnaise is prepared from raw eggs. Therefore, consuming it carries the risk of food poisoning.

Alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages

During the summer, alcoholic beverage consumption increases, which is a big mistake! According to a study published in the journal Alcohol Research, this substance is toxic, regardless of the amount you consume. It affects the intestinal microbiota and a good part of the organs that make up the human body.

This problem just gets worse when you drink it with soft drinks, since the amount of sugar in them turns the drinks into harmful products for metabolic health. You should also avoid mixing alcohol with energy drinks.

Pasta

Salads are one of the most consumed dishes during the summer. However, adding pasta to them isn’t usually a good idea. Pasta is made from refined wheat flour, which causes a significant increase in blood glucose levels. Therefore, it causes stress at the hepatic level, which isn’t good for your health.

When looking for a carbohydrate food to add to vegetable dishes, it’s better to opt for legumes or brown rice. Even quinoa can be a great addition. All of these ingredients have a significant concentration of fiber inside. This element contributes to stimulating the feeling of satiety, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Some essential ingredients for your summer diet

Now that you know which foods to restrict during the summer, we’re going to tell you which are the most suitable to regularly introduce in your diet.

Vegetables and fruits

Vegetable products are recommended at any time of the year, but even more so in summer. Both fruits and vegetables have a large amount of water inside, which contributes to improving hydration. This is important as temperatures and sweating rates increase.

Many vegetables
Fruits and vegetables help keep the body hydrated during the summer.

Fish

By now, you already know that guaranteeing protein intake in the diet is decisive for improving muscle health. Likewise, you must remember that not all proteins are the same. Among proteins of high biological value, fish proteins are the real stars. These have all the essential amino acids and a good score in terms of digestibility.

Among other things, fish is a light, easily digestible food, with few calories and essential micronutrients to take care of health. Iodine is one of them, but we can also highlight calcium. You should have fish at least twice a week.

Dairy

It’s important to cool down in the summer. The best foods to eat cold are dairy products. But these should always be whole dairy, of course. You should avoid skimmed versions, since a good amount of fat-soluble vitamins are eliminated along with the fat. Examples of these would be A and D. However, you should look at the label to make sure that they don’t contain added sugars.

Optimize your diet during the summer months

It isn’t enough to watch your diet just during the winter, you have to maintain these good habits during summer as well! There are certain foods that you should just fully avoid this summer. It’s essential to stay away from alcohol and sugary soft drinks, as these don’t provide any benefit to the body; in fact, they’re even harmful. At the same time, it’s essential to avoid foods with microbiological risks, such as mayonnaise.

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