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Is It OK to Eat Moldy Food?

Monday, 30 March 2015 01:16 PM


At one time or another, we've all been standing in the kitchen with a piece of food in our hands that has a spot of mold and trying to decide if it's safe to eat. Maybe, maybe not, says Leslie Bonci, director of sports nutrition at the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Many foods are safe, but others can make you sick. "You can develop respiratory symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms and sometimes allergies," she tells TODAY Health. "Some are very dangerous."

Hard foods are usually safe, she says, if you cut around the moldy spots. They include firm cheeses, and firm fruits and vegetables, such as pears and carrots. "It’s harder for the mold to penetrate these foods," Bonci says.

Most soft foods aren't safe even if there's just a bit of mold. "You can't assume when you've cut away the moldy part that you've completely gotten rid of it." Even if there's just a spot of mold on one grape, toss the entire bunch.

Baked goods, casseroles, meats, jellies, soft fruits, nut butters, and leftovers with even a hint of mold should all be put in the trash.

In addition, don't just rely on your eyes to spot mold. Foods can have dangerous mold before you can see it. "If anything tastes musty, that's a pretty good indicator that there is mold in there," she says.

If you've found mold in your vegetable bin, you should clean it, says Bonci.

To read the entire TODAY Health article, go here.


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