Eating in India

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Hi everyone.

I will be travelling to India for 3 months starting in the North and moving down South, leaving next week and I was wondering weather it is possible to uphold a fruitarian diet (that is only eating fruit) while there?
I understand that one should only eat peel-able fruits. Is this the case?

Also, is one at least able to eat only a vegan diet, what are the chances of finding raw fruits and vegetables and the health risk associated with eating them raw.

Thanks for the help
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You're right about the fruits with peels on em.
You'll find plenty of fruits there, north or south or anywhere.

Unless you've always been fruitarian, the food there is not that contaminated to warrant a fuits only diet...
cos hey the fruit is also grown there somewhere...


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Not aware of health risks, but sure, it's certainly possible. I've known people who are Vegan and eat out occassionaly. If you'll have a chance to prepare your own food, look up these links from the website of PETA, India

Starting a Vegan diet and Vegan recipes

Btw, there are Whole Foods stores in all major cities of India.
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Originally Posted by mish-vs Hi everyone.

I will be travelling to India for 3 months starting in the North and moving down South, leaving next week and I was wondering weather it is possible to uphold a fruitarian diet (that is only eating fruit) while there?
I understand that one should only eat peel-able fruits. Is this the case?

Also, is one at least able to eat only a vegan diet, what are the chances of finding raw fruits and vegetables and the health risk associated with eating them raw.

Thanks for the help
If you are already used to eating a fruitarian diet only, then I imagine that you'll have no problem in India, Even the smallest villages have a fruit & vegetable market and apart from that theres street stalls & carts everywhere.
There shouldn't be any health risk at all if you prepare your food correctly, bearing in mind that most health problems come from water, (ie where the peelable is recommended comes in) but if you are washing & preparing your own eats then you know they've been washed safely, Don't you!,,,,,,,
Whether you are fruitarian, vegan, veggie or any other type of eater India caters to all tastes.
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..i dooon't know... india is known for indulging in their beef and such .
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Whether you are fruitarian, vegan, veggie or any other type of eater India caters to all tastes.
Please do not forget Breatharian, the taste of Rajasthani dust, the bugs and mites of Mahaharshtra, Bihars bronchial bacteria, and the Punjabs pollution, such a smorgasbord, bountiful and no VAT!!!
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Whether you are fruitarian, vegan, veggie or any other type of eater India caters to all tastes.
Can I be beertarian then?
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Welcome to India mish-vs.
But you've already eliminated half of the good that India has for you, its varied Food - be it Veg/Non Veg
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Originally Posted by mish-vs I will be travelling to India for 3 months starting in the North and moving down South, leaving next week and I was wondering weather it is possible to uphold a fruitarian diet (that is only eating fruit) while there?
I understand that one should only eat peel-able fruits. Is this the case?

Also, is one at least able to eat only a vegan diet, what are the chances of finding raw fruits and vegetables and the health risk associated with eating them raw.
It sounds like a cumbersome proposition to me. Eating only fruits would be doable I suppose but you'd need to eat a helluvalotta fruits to stay healthy and even then it sounds like a pretty one-sided diet for 3 months, especially in the heat where a healthy diet is important to keep your health + spirits up. Whatever's not peelable (including vegetables which are readily found) should be thoroughly cleaned with clean water, usually involving boiling that water first. Then after cleaning them it's up to you how you are with eating raw vegetables. Travelling around you won't usually find you have a private kitchen so this would be a concern. Spending half your day worrying about preparing your food when there's so many cheap eateries around also seems like a shame.

Indian vegetarian cooking is often vegan if it doesn't involve paneer (soft cheese) BUT is usually cooked in ghee (clarified butter) so no not vegan at all. If you don't mind the butter I'd try to adapt to a not-so-strictly-vegan diet if you can and you can eat to your heart's delight.
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Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but you have to be fairly careful with some fruits as their skin does not filter microbes. I'm think of water melons here....
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Originally Posted by Rob_The_Pom Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but you have to be fairly careful with some fruits as their skin does not filter microbes. I'm think of water melons here....
So they say, yes, indeed.
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Originally Posted by Rob_The_Pom Can I be beertarian then?
Cool.
I think you already are Rob,,,,,,,,

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Great link.....

You've got me sussed I think!
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Thumbs down Eccentric

Hey Rob:

I wouldn't be on a fruit only diet for 3 months in India. First of all you will miss out of the fantastic food in the different parts of India. Why miss out? Second, a fruit only diet doesn't seem healthy. Your body might not be used to the conditions of India and so you might expose yourself to greater harm than good with such a diet.

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I thought that the problem with water melon was people injecting them with water to increase the weight ...or is that a dead granny?

Such a wonderful variety of fruit available. I've just eaten some delicious jackfruit
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