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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Nuts

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Mixed nutsHave you ever felt sick after eating nuts that looked and tasted seemingly OK? Chances are that the nuts you ate were contaminated even before signs of spoilage were evident. The health effects of eating rotten nuts can be avoided by practicing good food safety methods. These will not only help to prevent spoilage but will also ensure you to enjoy the  protein rich nuts cat all times. Let's do our bit and learn about the food safety of nuts by reading the blog below.




Causes Of Spoilage

  • Mold growth due to improper storage is a big concern.

  • Contamination by salmonella bacteria which makes the fatty acids rancid, is also a common cause.


Health Problems Caused By Rotten Nuts

  • If the nuts crack during processing, it can cause seepage of water which results in growth of salmonella bacteria. It causes nausea, vomiting, pain in the abdomen and fever. It can get quite severe in the case of children and the elderly who do not have a very strong immune system.

  • Aspergillus mold grows on nuts like peanuts and pistachios. Lung infection, tuberculosis and liver damage can occur by the growth of toxins that this mold produces. It grows best in warm temperatures, so temperature control is an important factor.

  • E coli can contaminate pecans on the field, as it is present in impure and feces infested water. Severe diarrhea, vomiting and nausea is the result.

Tips To Identify Rotten Nuts

  • Look for best before dates on the package.

  • Chipped and brittle nuts indicate spoilage.

  • A foul smell means the fats have turned rancid.

  • Visible mold growth shows infestation and is a sure sign of rotting.


Delicious nuts can be enjoyed by taking a little care. Practicing food safety certainly has its benefits. Don't you agree?


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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Nuts