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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Orange

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Fresh OrangeOrange juice, full of vitamin C and folate is a must on our breakfast table. A rotten orange will have low levels of these nutrients and the microbes within them are sure to affect our health. Thankfully, there are many food safety guidelines that we can follow to avoid it in the first place.




Causes Of Spoilage

  • The main reason is when dirty and unhygienic chopping boards and knives have been used to cut the fruit. Microbes can enter easily and multiply inside the fruit.

  • If contaminated water was in contact with the orange rind, bacteria passes into the fruit when it is peeled or juiced and causes spoilage.

Health Problems Caused By Rotten Oranges

  • A bacteria called Salmonella is usually associated with outbreaks and is normally found in contaminated orange juice. This bacteria easily survives in the acidic environment of the pulp. It leads to vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It can be fatal in pregnant women, children and the elderly. If good personal hygiene is followed this is easy to avoid.
  • If mold growth is noticed on the orange it is best to discard it as mold can spread to the entire fruit. These mold also release toxins on the food as they grow. The symptoms of eating such food is rashes on the skin, internal bleeding and death in severe cases.

  • E coli bacteria is famous for infecting raw fruits and chances are that cut oranges are contaminated. This is true when cutting surfaces are unclean. It can give rise to severe abdominal pain and diarrhea, accompanied by fever. If dark colored urine is passed it may indicate that the kidneys have been harmed by the bacteria. Contact the doctor immediately for specific treatment.

Tips To Identify a Rotten Orange

  • Choose fruit which is firm and heavy.

  • Do not buy if you notice cuts and scars on the skin.

  • Orange must be stored under refrigeration, ideally in the crisper.


Remember disease causing microbes cannot be seen. Keep your hands and chopping surfaces clean as you try to identify the rotten oranges and discard them. Always follow the food safety principles to enjoy good and nourishing food.


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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Orange