India has a fabulous variety of fruits, but to avoid getting sick, you do have to handle them properly. Same goes for vegetables, of course.

Everyone knows that you have to be careful with raw fruits and vegetables in India. Nowadays you have to be a bit careful everywhere, but in India you definitely need to be even more vigilant. For one thing, anyone who hasn’t grown up in India lacks many immunities that Indians have. But even with their native immunities, Indians also get sick from poor hygiene.

I hope I don’t need to mention it, but do wash your hands. This is probably the most important thing you can do to prevent a case of Delhi Belly. You’ll also need to wash and dry your knife and cutting board before using them for raw fruits and vegies.

Everything should be washed carefully in pure water. If you can peel it, then it’s not necessary to soak it. Just wash and dry it before peeling.

Anything that can’t be peeled should be soaked (or sprayed). For soaking, make a solution of pure water with one of the following: colloidal silver, grapefruit seed extract (both of which you should use according to the manufacturer’s recommendations) or apple cider vinegar (maybe 1/4 cup per liter of water). Soak for at least 20 or 30 minutes and then rinse in pure water. Here’s an article that’s  helpful.

Some people have also recommended Steriliq, which is available in almost any grocery store or chemist shop. It’s actually intended to sterilize baby bottles, though I’m hesitant to recommend it as I haven’t been able to find out what it’s made of. Milton’s is another brand used for that purpose. I don’t recommend potassium permanganate or synthetic vinegar because they are not suitable for human consumption. If you use any of these, rinse everything especially well.

Your cutting board and knife should be really clean, too. And if you prepare meat in your kitchen, keep a separate board and knife that you never use for fruit and vegetables to avoid contamination.

Besides contamination by microorganisms, there is also the issue of pesticides. Thanks especially to Monsanto, who has aggressively pushed pesticides on the Indian market, Indian farmers who use pesticides often use way more than the recommended. And there are 66 pesticides that are banned abroad but permitted in India.

Do you have any more tips? If so, please share them.

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