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Foods That Are Smart to Avoid In the Summer

The summer season might be associated with different types of food: fruit, French fries, milkshakes, burgers, iced coffee, etc. However, it can be unhealthy to eat some of them in the summer.

5-Minute Crafts would like to tell you about foods that you should avoid in the summer.

❗ Important: This article is for informational purposes only. Remember to consult with a specialist first when necessary.

Burgers

It’s recommended to avoid eating burgers in the summer as they are considered high-protein and fatty. This type of food heats your body up. Additionally, beef burgers make our digestion sluggish by moving slowly through our bodies. As a result, our body needs more time and energy to digest beef.

Tea and coffee

Tea and coffee are natural diuretics: they make you pee more often, which removes salt and water from the body. As a consequence, they dehydrate you. Also, as you might know, those beverages contain caffeine. This natural stimulant can heat up the body if you drink tea or coffee too often.

Shellfish

During the summer, most kinds of oysters, clams, and mussels spawn, and if harvested it’s bad for the population. Moreover, you won’t enjoy the taste since they are milky and soft during that period. For those reasons, it’s not recommended to eat that sort of seafood from May through August — as it’s considered “out of season.

Hot and spicy food

You also should be careful with adding spices, like chili, mustard, pepper, ginger, and cinnamon to your food during the summer. They increase metabolism, which can be useful for you in other seasons, however, it is not recommended in the summer. Curry is also a sauce to avoid while the weather is hot, as your stomach can get upset.

Citrus

Cold weather is necessary for most types of citrus to mature and become sweet. So, summer is not the best season to buy them. Although you can find some varieties that grow in summer, like California grapefruits, they are normally pulpier than winter-ripening ones.

Bonus: What is recommended to eat in the summer

  • Summer fruits: you can easily find watermelon, pears, plums, berries, apricots, cherries, and mango during the summer season. These fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Go for a fruit salad, a smoothie, or juice to enjoy them.
  • Sweet corn: it’s highly recommended to eat corn as it contains vitamins A, B, and E, fiber, and minerals. To prepare it, grill, bake, boil, or steam the corn. You can also add other vegetables, like zucchini and bell peppers, to make a vegetarian salad.
  • Dark, leafy greens: spinach, kale, turnip greens, and mustard greens have some benefits for your skin. They can protect it from the sun by reducing your sensitivity to UV light, which can be useful in the summer. These types of greens also help to repair dry and flaky skin.
  • Buttermilk and curd: this dairy contains calcium, protein, and probiotics (beneficial bacteria) that support your digestive system. In addition, buttermilk helps you stay cool, which is especially important in the summer.
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