Let’s just accept that it happens to most of us. Usually, when you are rushing and making a sandwich in a hurry, it is hard to realize that the bread has molded spots. What happens when you eat moldy food?
Though it sounds disgusting the truth is that it is rarely dangerous. Most of the molds are nowhere close to the fungal infection causing fungi. Unless you are eating a lot of molded food, you will not feel any side effect.
Aside from safe usage such as using the mold to make cheese, avoid eating mold. But if someone happens to ingest it accidentally, the chances of it causing a problem for you are low.
This doesn’t mean that you should frequently eat moldy food. Some types of mold or eating a huge quantity of mold can cause food poisoning. Rarely some moldy foods may contain mycotoxins that can be highly poisonous for you.
So if you have eaten a moldy sandwich accident, don’t panic. Note for the following signs before you call your doctor.
- Abdominal cramping
- A headache and body ache
Can you still eat moldy food?
A common question of eating moldy food is whether or not you can eat it?
The answer to this question is, no. Mold is a type of fungi and it has tiny, microscopic roots. If you see that your food has mold on it, you should never eat it.
Best tips to avoid moldy food
Perhaps the only solution to moldy food is to waste it. It’s the worst idea to waste food but the moldy food is not recommended to consume for the possible safety concerns. However, you can minimize getting moldy food and its wastage by following these tips.
Shop as per your needs
It is better to shop less, small quantity of food. Usually what people do is, they shop in advance for the whole week. This method saves time and effort but increases the chances of food to expire.
When you store food, longer than its shelf life, it becomes stale, moldy and unable to be used. To avoid this, always buy smaller packs. It may add your store trips for groceries but at least you will be eating fresh.
Examine your food before buying
Always pay attention to the labels of your food. Check everything including its packing, any damage to the packing, date of production, expiry date, and others. Better if you read about the general shelf life of common dietary items. You may also ask the store staff to help you with that as well. Do not purchase anything without an expiry date or expired product. Also, don’t buy if the packaging is damaged or the food is leaking.
Buy good quality storage containers
Avoid covering your food in foil or plastic wraps. It is better to use tightly sealed storage containers to prevent air exposure. It reduces the chances of mold contamination.
Protect your perishables
It is not recommended to leave perishable foods out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours. So make sure that you have stored them well.
Don’t keep leftovers for long
It is better to cook fresh meals. But if you can’t cook daily, you may cook for once and store the leftover food in the fridge. But make sure that you are not storing them past one week. Make sure that you are following the standard storage instructions for each type of food.
Clean your fridge
Always clean the inside of your refrigerator every month by using a cleaner or home-based solution baking soda and water. Clean and scrub mold, if visible on walls.