Eating fish is one of the best ways to incorporate omega three fatty acids and protein in your diet. However, eating fish in monsoons may not be a great idea. Nutritionist Priya Kathpal tells you why.
Breeding season: Monsoon is the breeding season for fish and other sea creatures. When you consume the fish with eggs in them, you may end up with stomach infections or food poisoning.
Decomposition: In monsoon, it is very common for water bodies to be polluted with sewage. In such circumstances, there are more chances of decomposition. So it is better to stick to chicken and mutton in monsoon.
Freshness: Most fish sold in monsoon are pre-packaged or stored. Storing fish more than 10 days in the freezer deteriorates its quality making it stale.
Contamination: In monsoon, the chances of water pollution are higher. When fish breed in dirty water, they get contaminated. Water-borne diseases like typhoid, jaundice and diarrhoea can spread with the consumption of fish.
Preservatives: To increase its shelf life, many fishes are sprayed with preservatives like sulphates and polyphosphates to control bacteria and yeast and to make the fish look appetising. Intake of preservatives can have potential side effects such as breathing difficulties and heart disease.