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I've heard mixed things about eating in India. Some people say that EVERYONE will get sick on their trip, and others say that it's not always the case. Many famous travel blog youtubers have gotten very ill, some have gotten so ill that they had to leave the country, or have been hospitalized.

I think it's pretty safe that these rules are true: 1) Drink only bottled water (from a safe store/hotel) 2) Don't each street food, especially street food with raw veggies/fruit that could be washed 3) Don't get shower water in your eyes or mouth and brush your teeth with bottled water

But besides these points, how unsafe is it? I mean for me, eating local is a big part of why I love to travel. I would hate to stick to only hotel food. I'm ok with not eating street food, but are restaurants unsafe as well? If I'm only going to travel India for 2-3 weeks, I'd hate to spend 4 days of it or more stuck in a hotel room pooping my brains out because I accidentally ate a shred of raw lettuce.

Can someone give me a realistic breakdown of what it will be like eating in India? I've travelled to some pretty extreme places before, with touts and scammers, so I'm not too worried about that, but I am worried about getting "deli belly" and having to go to the hospital.

What do?
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>>2324730
l would advise studying up on disease and bacteria honestly
consider that india has a lot of urban livestock and they don't poo in loo
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https://www.traveller.com.au/india-for-beginners-what-you-need-to-know-33jw2
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>be me
>go to india
>only drink bottled water and eat at restaurants
>everything is fine
>have to catch an early flight out of varanasi
>need to eat, but everything is closed
>see one street vendor selling samosas
>"one samosa won't hurt me"
>spend that night violently shitting my brains out in excruciating pain
>couldn't eat indian food for the rest of the trip, or a year afterwards
you are probably going to get it no matter what, but if you *ONLY* eat at clean restaurants, you might make it
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>>2324730
>Don't get shower water in your eyes or mouth and brush your teeth with bottled water
I never go this far and think it's paranoia. Just obviously don't gulp down water, spit it out good. Bottled/purified/boiled water though is necessary. Just observe what like middle class locals do.
>>2324736
That's a big problem and why it's hard to avoid. You can be really safe with cooked food but there's a shit ton of flies and if they get on your food there's a good chance you might get sick.
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I've been to India a few times now and every time I've gotten sick. If you're only there for 2-3 weeks you might be ok but I'd say there's a 50% chance you'll catch something.

Don't even brush your teeth with tap water. Bottled water is your friend for everything. Pani (water) was the first word I learned in Hindi.

It was Dominos that got me the first time. Was fine for a few weeks, then woke up one morning firing from both ends. Go to your local doctor and stock up on supplies just in case, better than going to your local Indian pharmacist who is just a guy with a barrel full of assorted drugs.
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>>2324730
you will piss through your ass for 3 days at least. thats just a fact of india. no way around. I have an iron stomach usuallly. I can eat street food from the dodgiest stalls over asia, but india broke me. Eventually you will need to eat and nothing is truly save there.
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>>2324730
>>2324762
>>2324770
Indian here, some tips that might help.

>Don't drink or brush with tap water.
>Buy only reputed water bottles like Aquafina, Bisleri, Kinley, Himalayan. Many street vendors sell copy cats of theses brands so look out for that.
>Don't Eat Street Food. No need to explain this.
>Download Zomato and Swiggy food delivery apps on your phone. You can order from many decent restaurants nearby but check for the ratings first.
>If in the middle of nowhere, eat Maggi instant noodles instead of any random shit being sold around.
>If want to eat out, only go to reputed restaurants where upper middle class Indians frequent, you can easily find them on google.
>Just keep necessary medicines handy, in case of upset stomach or vomiting.
>Buy a decent travel insurance, private hospitals in big cities are pretty good. Stay Away from government hospitals or any small time private clinic.
>hygiene has improved a lot here especially in affluent areas, just be cautious in rural and small town areas.
>It would help u a lot if you know any wealthy friend or family here, nothing beats home cooked meal by Nepali servants here.
>One can easily have a diarrhea free India trip these days with a bit of awareness and luck.
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>>2324852
Thanks
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here's a few general tips non india-specific :
>A few days before the trip, eat high fiber food, if you can get some metamucil even better, you want to take that shit with you there and eat 3 pills a day as prophylaxy
>Have some smecta (diosmectite) on the ready, a shit ton of it. Everytime your shit goes runny, take one.
>avoid imodium at all costs. If you don't evacuate the food poisoning you will have horrible cramps and fever.
>Have at least some kind of electrolyte powder at the ready. I live in Taiwan and I usually have packets of pocari sweat i bring with me whenever i travel. If you can get some kind of powdered gatorade this will seriously mitigate the dehydration effects of diarrhea and get you to recover quickly.
>to evaluate how a restaurant may make the cut, look at the crowd eating there. If it's only men, run. If it's empty, run.
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Holy shit, this thread is something else.

>going to India means actually having to try and avoid ingesting dangerous amounts of fecal matter particles

I get relying on bottled water but shit like >>2324762 is terrifying.
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>>2324852
Wouldn't you say your immune system is custom-tailored since you live there or do you still occasionally get sick? Just curious.
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>>2324852
Your genetics allow to your intestines to process poop water, what about for white people who are accustomed to basic sanitation?
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When tourist end up getting diarrhea gues the end up having to shid in the sreet too because there not always going to make it to the hotel?
And there are loos
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>>2325260
>And there are loos
And there are NO loos
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>>2324730
>I mean for me, eating local is a big part of why I love to travel.
How much do you weigh you fat fuck?
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>>2324852
>Nepali servants
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>>2324730
>>2324736
>>2324762
>>2324852
>>2324977
can someone explain to me how this is acceptable in 2022? most countries have their shit together, wtf is wrong with india?
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>>2324730
Had a friend who got sick he had to Ben hospitalized there. You don’t want to go to hospital in India. No nurses or anything you have to have friends camping out to clean your shit. Buy your own drugs and supplies the doctor tells you what he/you need and you or your buddy has to run around the city looking for it. If you get sick in India might as well commit suicidé
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>>2324730
I measured 93oz of diarrhea when I was there for a week
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>>2325294
Most of the world is filthy, the developed parts are few.
>>2325297
That sounds dubious. India is a medical tourism country. It's probably like that at a public clinic for the poor but you'd go somewhere else if you're a foreigner.
>>2325309
wtf why are you measuring your poo
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>>2324852
How do these food youtuber fags go to the subcontinent and eat a bunch of shitty looking street food and survive? Do they just not mention the diarrhoea so don't piss off their streetshitting viewers who think India is hygenic?
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>>2325294
you sound like someone who knows a lot about the world.

>>2325292
Fat fucks are fat because they gorge themselves with the same tired fast food shit over and over. Getting fat by discovering foreign food all over the world is a pretty expensive way to gain weight.
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Lots of good info on this thread.

My experience was a bit different. I think I had mild dysentery, since after I ran out of diarrhea I started shitting coagulated blood. Thought I’d need a hospital manager but powered through by stopping the medication I bought locally. It was antibiotics, which apparently you shouldn’t take if you’re at the point I was at. Once I stopped the meds I started to recover, but basically, you need to be prepared to have 2-5 days of miserable pain and discomfort. It’s a part of the experience.

I will say that northern India seemed x1000 more unsanitary than southern India, Kerala at least. Southern cuisine is generally lighter and I was eating with my hands no problem. Northern Indian food is what most people think of when you mention the food, all those amazing curries, but yeah, if you want authentic flavors, you will have to sacrifice some gut biome.
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>>2324852
Are you the famous creampie pooejeet?
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>>2326047
how is northern india LESS sanitary? Don't the norther light skinned indians look down upon and detest the dark souther indians?

Wouldn't this snobbery mean that northern india is cleaner and more civilized than the southern street shitting pajeets?
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>>2324730
One of my friend had a dissase from the tap water of the hotel while showering
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>>2324730
I traveled India for a week and never got it. Just don't buy from shithole restaurants. Or build up your immunity by eating shit prior to arriving.
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I didn't get diarrhea at all in India, but I did get it in Sri Lanka. The weirdest part is that overall, I still had the better travel experience in Sri Lanka.
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>>2325292
wow you're retarded, why do I browse this board
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>>2324730
You'll shit about this much. gif very related.
on the positive side you'll loose lots of weight sir.
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>>2326062
>a week
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>>2324852
why do people still go to india?
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>>2324730
I had none and ate nothing but cheap biryanis. No street food, though, and I also took zinc with each meal. Not even an aphrodisiac like zinc was enough to make Indian women look attractive to me, but it does have some anti-microbial effects.

I also didn't drink anything with ice in it. Wasn't that common sense, back in the day? The ice is sometimes from tap water.
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>>2324730
none
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>>2329257
none is strange way to say 200% chance



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