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Eating certain food can help you stay cool during summer heat

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Foods can help you stay cool during the hot weather. (WFSB) Foods can help you stay cool during the hot weather. (WFSB)
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Experts told Eyewitness News that eating certain foods can actually help you stay cool during the hot months of the year.

Chef Rob Maffucci of Vito's on the Farm in South Windsor said eating healthy and fresh is the way to go when the mercury rises.

"Stay away from the heavy foods, the mashed potatoes, and the things that weigh you down,” Maffucci said.

He also advised that people should stay away from cream sauces during the summer months.

Instead, Maffucci said people should opt for dishes that include vegetables and fruits, which can actually help hydrate you. Those dishes include gazpacho, a caprese salad and some cucumber basil water.

"Appetites tend to get suppressed in the heat, but you need that nourishment, so I suggest you go light and you stay with your vegetables,” Maffucci said.

Maffucci said you can keep your home cool by turning on the grill, instead of turning on the oven.

But, Maffucci said be careful cooking in the heat because food can spoil.   

"Don't keep everything out in the open that long,” Maffucci said.  “Don’t keep it in direct sunlight because it will heat up and bacteria will form so you do need to be careful with that."

Of course to stay cool, doctors also recommend getting enough water, avoiding peak hours in the sun, and wearing light and loose fitted clothing.

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