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Can you eat food that has become moldy?

By Shannon Pierce

Nothing is worse when you go to top your Mexican salad with a little sour cream and BOOM! You open the container and a green mold has grown over your creamy topping. Darn. Should you throw away the whole container even if just one spot has been affected? What about for your breads, or firm fruits? What a waste.  Well, here are a few words of wisdom from the USDA to help you figure out if you should taste it or toss it.

 

Let’s start with one of the biggest offenders. Nothing seems to grow mold as quickly as your bread. If just one slice has a little spot of mold, you can probably salvage the slices furthest away from the affected area. In other cases, and as with many foods, there may be areas of mold that you just can’t see.  These hidden moldy spots could harm your health.

 

Mold can produce toxic substances called aflatoxins and mycotoxins that make you sick or cause allergic reactions.

 

To pair with your bread, what about when lunchmeat looks a little funky? The higher salt content allows mold to grow faster than normal.  Toss the meat.

 

Soft foods, in addition to salty foods, are often breeding grounds for mold. Throw out your jams and jellies. Sorry.

 

There is good news. Firm fruits and veggies are hard for mold to penetrate into. If there is a small spot of mold on your carrot or celery, just trim off that area and keep the rest!

 

Obviously, your soft fruits, like cut up cantaloupe, look quite scary and inedible when mold appears. You may be confused about what to do when an orange or something with a rind has mold on it.  The rind does not protect the rest of the orange from mold. Steer clear.

 

Make sure to throw out yogurt and sour cream or cooked casseroles where you see mold. Same goes for leftover meats.

 

The cheese department gets tricky. Soft cheeses like blue cheese, gorgonzola, and brie are comprised of mold, but they should not have an extra layer of mold on top of them. That mold could be the bad type. For harder cheeses, like parmesan, just trim the mold spot off, about an inch in. Then wash your knife.

 

Hot dogs, bacon and pasta? Throw it out.

 

Mama always said it’s better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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