Who doesn't love summer? It's a time for backyard barbecues, cookouts, pool parties, and great food, but if you want to stay happy, healthy, and comfortable, there are a few summertime favorites you ought to keep away from.
Nothing goes down on a hot summer afternoon quite like an ice-cold margarita, but there's a catch to this cocktail, and it can be quite a serious one, too. If you're fixing yourself a drink and manage to splash some of that lime juice on your skin, there's a strong possibility it's going to react in the sunlight, causing rashes and potentially even a second-degree burn. If your skin is wet or sweaty, it's going to make the reaction even worse. While some people might not even realize there's anything wrong, others can develop open sores that require serious medical attention.
This condition is so commonly associated with summertime drinks that it's actually known as margarita burn, but the official name for it is phytophotodermatitis. It happens because lime, and other citrus fruits, contain a chemical called furocoumarin, which is activated by UV rays.
There are also a few other summertime food favorites that can make you more sensitive to the sun's effects, including dill, fennel, celery, figs, and parsley. Obviously, they're not going to be quite so common at your pool party as a jug of margaritas, but it's worth knowing nonetheless.
Watch the video to see the summer foods you should always avoid!
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Lime and citrus drinks | 0:00
Potato salad | 1:14
Deviled and hard-boiled eggs | 2:05
Raw tomatoes | 3:07
Corn on the cob | 3:55
Oysters and shellfish | 4:42
Super-charred meat | 5:41
Hot dogs | 6:30
Snow cones and shaved ice | 7:23
Sprouts | 8:14
Leftovers | 9:00
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