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According to the US Department of Agriculture, there are two types of bacteria that cause problems. Pathogenic bacteria leads to food-borne illnesses, and spoilage bacteria changes the way foods look, smell, and taste. When food develops dangerous levels of pathogenic bacteria, it could look, smell, and taste normal while still being dangerous. But when spoilage occurs, something can taste gross but won’t necessarily make you sick. Confusing, right? Here’s a list of 31 items that will do just fine outside the fridge. Potatoes: When too cold, starches found in potatoes turn to sugar, yielding an off flavor. Keep potatoes stored in a paper bag in a cool, dark cupboard or drawer. Same goes for sweet potatoes. Honey: Your luscious honey will turn to crystallized gunk if it is stored in the fridge. Store it at room temperature and out of direct sunlight for happy honey. Tomatoes: Tomatoes actually start losing their flavor and become quite mushy if left in the fridge. Leave on the counter and use when they have a slight give to the outside skin. Apples: Apples, just like tomatoes, start to loose flavor and texture after spending time in the fridge. Leave them on the counter, and toss them in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to eating if you want a crisp bite. Onions: The best place for onions is in a paper bag in a cool, dark cabinet or drawer. If stored in the fridge, they soften and impart an oniony scent on nearby foods. Peanut butter: Peanut butter does just fine stored in a cool, dark cupboard. Bread: You might be tempted to store bread in the fridge, but it actually dries out faster. Instead, store it in a cool cupboard or bread box for a fresh slice. Bananas: Leave those bananas on the counter, and if they turn brown before you get to them, toss them in the freezer to make banana bread at a later date. Most oils: Pretty much all oils are safe to store at room temperature. If the oil has a lower saturated-fat content, such as safflower or sunflower, it will benefit from being kept cool, so store it in a dark cabinet or the fridge door. Avocados: Store avocados on the counter and any leftovers in the fridge. But they’ll lose flavor, so it’s a good idea to use a whole one when making the cut. Peppers: Red, green, yellow, and even chili peppers are just fine stored in a paper bag in a cool cupboard or drawer. Winter squash: Acorn, spaghetti, and butternut do best when stored at room temperature. Citrus: Store oranges, lemons, and limes at room temperature on your kitchen counter. Just be careful not to bunch them too closely, or they will tend to mold. Berries: Fresh berries already have a short shelf life, so leave them out of the fridge and eat them within a day or two of purchasing. Melons: Most melons do best outside the fridge. Once refrigerated, they tend to break down and become mealy. After cutting, if any are remaining, store them in the fridge. Ketchup: Yup, your ketchup is just fine in your pantry — even after it has been opened. Because of the amount of vinegar and preservatives, it will do just fine (think ketchup packets at your favorite fast-food restaurant). Jam: Due to the high amount of preservatives in jams and jellies, they are also OK to store in the pantry after opening. Stone fruits: Stone fruits aren’t friends of the fridge, so leave them on the counter until they’re ripe, and then eat. Pickles: Another item high in preservatives, mainly vinegar, pickles will stay crisp in the pantry. But, if you’re a fan of cold ones, store them in the refrigerator door, which leaves the coldest spots of the fridge for items that really need the space. Garlic: Store garlic in a paper bag in a cool, dark spot, and it holds its wonderful flavor for weeks. Hot sauce: Make more room in your fridge, and store hot sauce in your pantry — even after it has been opened. All the preservatives and spices keep it safe for topping your eats. Spices: Ground spices do not need to be refrigerated. Ever. Coffee: Many think coffee deserves a special place in the fridge or freezer, but it actually is best at room temperature so its natural oils can really flavor your favorite cup of joe. Buy in small batches for really fragrant, and rich, morning coffee. Soy sauce: Yes, there is more than enough natural preservatives (salt) in soy sauce for it to remain safe if stored at room temperature. Some salad dressings: Just like other condiments, most salad dressing, especially ones that are vinegar- or oil-based, are just fine stored outside the fridge. Cream-, yogurt-, or mayo-based dressings should be stored in the fridge. Nuts: Nuts are just fine stored in a cool, dark spot. Dried fruits: No need to refrigerate. Nope. Cereal: Cereal is wonderfully happy in the pantry. Vacuum-packed tuna: You might not be sure, but that tuna has been sealed, just like in a can, so it’s more than fine stored at room temperature. Herbs: If you pick up fresh herbs from the grocery store, instead of stuffing them back in the suffocating plastic bag, place them in a water-filled glass jar on your kitchen counter, creating an herb bouquet to use while cooking. Real maple syrup: As with honey, that maple syrup will crystallize and get goopy if stored in the fridge.

That time of the month is really challenging for every woman no matter at what age you are. From mood swings to cravings to cramps — everything can test your patience and sanity as well. If you have tried everything under the sun to soothe your cramps and settle your mood swings, now try out these foods. Eating the right foods during menstruation can help you to deal with those days better. So here goes your list:

Proteins: Include more of dals, tofu, paneer and boiled eggs in your diet, especially in your lunch. Protein in your diet will help you to keep your blood sugar levels in check and limit sugar craving that are common during this time. However, stay away from legumes such as chickpeas, kidney beans, black-eyed peas etc., as they can cause bloating. Also stay away from spicy chicken and fish curries, which can cause nausea. Keep your diet simple and light. Here is a sample diet pattern you can follow during your periods.



 Calcium: A glass of warm milk can do you wonders during menstruation. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, calcium and Vitamin D go hand in hand in reducing PMS symptoms. In fact, they act as a muscle relaxant and help ease stomach cramps and aches and pains. If you are lactose intolerant, then eat foods that are rich in calcium — leafy greens, nuts, soya, sesame seeds, etc. Here are 10 other ways to counter menstrual pains.



Vitamins: There are some vitamins that you can’t do without during your periods. Foods rich in Vitamin B6 can help you in reducing symptoms like bloating and control mood swings. So eat lots of pista, broccoli, tomatoes, corn and other fortified cereals that are rich in Vitamin B6. Lemons, oranges and sweet lime that are rich in Vitamin C are good for a woman’s reproductive health and can keep you energised during those days. Also, foods rich in Vitamin E like pumpkin seeds, peanuts and sunflower seeds help to reduce PMS symptoms.



Magnesium and potassium-rich foods: These two micro-nutrients can go a long way in alleviating cramps and other symptoms. Pumpkin seeds, beans and tofu are good sources of magnesium that can reduce bloating. bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes rich in potassium can help boost moods, aid sleep and regulate bowel movements. Here are the other foods that you should stay away from during menstruation.


Carbohydrates: Like protein, carbohydrates also help to control blood sugar levels and counter unhealthy cravings. Whole grains, oatmeal, wheat and multigrain chapattis when added to the diet can help a lot.



Nuts: These are packed with essential nutrients and are great to munch on during this time. However, avoided processed and salted ones as they could make you feel bloated due to high salt content. Keep in mind that nuts are high in calories so don’t go overboard with them.


Caffeine: It is a good idea to skip caffeine during this time as it could raise the level of stomach acid and irritate you. Also, caffeine is known to cause bloating and acidity during menstruation. But a hot cup of chai which also has some amount of caffeine in it will not hurt you. Instead, it can make you feel energized and life your moods. Here are 5 herbal teas that can help you slim down.

teaFruits: Apples, pear, berries, melons all fruits can help you deal with sugar cravings and provide with all the macro and micronutrients to help you combat period induced weakness.

Omega fatty acid : A study published in Obstetricians and Gynecology found that women who received a daily dose of 6 gm of fish oil suffered from fewer PMS symptoms than those who didn’t consume the same. Apart from fish, flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids that can help you get relief from cramps and pains.


Water: You cannot miss out on this. Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you alleviate symptoms of bloating and relieve you from water retention that’s common during periods.

Here are few things that you should keep in mind:

Eat less salt: As it could lead to water retention and bloating. Avoid eating processed and packaged food as they are high in sodium content.

Have small meals: You might have nausea and lose your appetite during those days. Don’t force yourself to eat a heavy meal in one go. Instead, try to eat small meals like fruit or few nuts at one time. Skipping meals would rob your body of necessary nutrients that you need during this time.

Chew your food properly: This is more important during menstruation as your system can be sluggish and gobbling huge morsels could lead to indigestion.