A first-time traveler to India, nutrition can be a major source of fear.
"Will I get a Delhi belly?"
The answer is yes: Most likely! but do not let this divert you from traveling to the most ridiculously magical country on Earth.
Ok, back to the banana. Here's how to eat a banana in India. Hold it by the stem with one hand while carefully peeling it with the other … so far it's just like eating one at home. But here's the important part – you have to make sure that if you touch the outside of the banana, you will not touch the part you will eat.
Why? What can make you sick is not the banana itself, but the germs in any small drop of water, etc. on the outside of the banana. So with any fruit that can peel off, just remember to never touch the outside, and then the inside – a little complicated with oranges, but there you have it.
For the same reason, you should not take salads at restaurants or the free glass of water they give you with food. The salad would be great, but the water it washes in may make you wish you were dead. Some of the restaurants that cater specifically to foreigners may tell you they have filtration water & # 39; which would then be good for you so it's not a blanket rule but be guided by the surroundings – if it's a five star hotel you have the right to eat anything since all this is done for foreigners to eat foreigners , but if you are in a small roadside stall in the middle of nowhere-ganj and all the patrons are local, then play in a safe place or you could ruin your vacation. Also, never travel to India without comprehensive travel insurance, you do not want to be really sick and nobody to call.
As for getting a Delhi-belly for the first time in India, here is the consensus. Most people actually get sick in their first week if they eat at even reputable local restaurants, more likely if they eat from roadside stalls or drink something with milk or yogurt, where the local electricity supply is unstable (by the way, everywhere). But with the dozens of multiple travelers I know personally, none of them has ever been sick on a subsequent visit, except perhaps for a cold here and there.
As if your body just needs Indian baptism, then you are fine. It can be said to be a baptism of fire and water. But it's worth it, because once India gets under your skin, not to mention your digestive system, you will never be the same.
And one more thing about bananas – they can be deadly in more ways than one. Don't eat them in front of hungry city monkeys or you may have a nasty fight on your hands – did I mention travel insurance?