A number of major myths and superstitions related to partial solar eclipse revolve around beliefs of toxic radiations, which are said to infiltrate the environment and turn eatables poisonous. People even avoid chopping vegetables, fruits and other food items while the solar eclipse is happening.
Surya Grahan 2019: Science, Experts Dispel Diet Myths Related To Total Solar Eclipse
Scientists have time and again stressed on the fact that myths around not consuming food or water during an eclipse should not be propagated or believed as the logic or reasoning behind them is not sound. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in America has addressed the belief related to food turning poisonous during solar eclipses by saying, “Related to the false idea of harmful solar rays is that during a total solar eclipse, some kind of radiation is produced that will harm your food. If that were the case, the same radiations would harm the food in your pantry, or crops in the field.” It added by saying that the myths take hold due to circumstantial evidence, and hence, cannot be applied to all situations everywhere: “If someone is accidentally food-poisoned with potato salad during an eclipse, some might argue that the event was related to the eclipse itself even though hundreds of other people at the same location were not at all affected.”
Clinical nutritionist, Dr. Rupali Dutta believes that there is no reason to be scared of food poisoning at the time of an eclipse. “There’s a difference between going completely berserk and exercising moderate control. There is no harm in having light meals (during the solar eclipse).