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Eating roadside food

Road side food
Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain
July27/ 2016

Roadside food is famous among people of all age groups. Roadside food is nothing but the small portable food stalls which are available in every city. Street food or roadside food is an easy way to fill your belly with contaminants. People are more attracted towards street food because of its taste and in few cases because of its popularity among the peers.  Working people are usually seen eating from the roadside food stalls as it will reduce their household work.  Eating roadside food has both benefits and disadvantages. Disadvantages are more when compared to benefits of eating roadside food.


  • Roadside food stalls are easily available at low cost.
  • People suffering with diabetes and low blood pressure can utilize these food stalls in emergency to balance their sugar levels.
  • More variety of food is available.
  • Poor people can satisfy the hunger with roadside food.


Roadside food pose more health risk to when compared to home cooked food. There are many disadvantages of eating food from the food stalls available on the roads.

  • The food is unhygienic
  • The food might contain more number of microbes and contaminants as it is kept open.
  • People who consume the street food are at high risk of cholera, typhoid, gastroenteritis and hepatitis.
  • Most common health problem seen in people who are regularly eating the road side food is food poisoning.
  • Mostly children consuming that contaminated food items are at high risk of food poisoning when compared to adults.
  • As the immune system is in developing stage during childhood, children must get a nutritious home cooked food to boost the immune system.
  • Most of the road side food stalls are seen engulfed with flies and other insects. Flies acts as carrier for many fatal diseases.
  • Insects when sit on the food items they tend to release the contaminants on the food, which in turn will infect the person who consumes it.
  • The utensils used on the food stalls are not cleaned properly with the uncontaminated water. Mostly vendors are seen cleaning all utensils in one container of water.
  • The use of same utensils for the customers poses more risk in disease transmission.
  • Stagnant water on the roads near the stalls is the main causative agent for causing water borne diseases.
  • Waterborne diseases are most common during monsoon the disease can be transmitted to the healthy person through the insanitary conditions and stagnant water.
  • Intestinal diseases are transmitted through faecal waste in areas where poor sanitary conditions are available. If the water used in the food stalls contain any faecal matter, the person is more likely to suffer with severe intestinal diseases.

It is recommended to have home cooked food and drink bottled water to avoid the risk of infection.  Roadside food is more harmful in monsoon season as the germs multiply in large number in the atmosphere. Humid temperature helps in frequent multiplication of theses germs which can cause infection to healthy person.

Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist) former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women. She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences. She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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