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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Mango

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MangoSummer is here with an abundant supply of sweet delicious mangoes. However much we love this fruit, the health effects of eating rotten mango should be known by all. Spoilage occurs due to many microbes that are harmful if ingested. They cause food poisoning which makes us vomit and suffer from abdominal pain. With an increased awareness of food safety guidelines such as how to store mangoes, rotting of this fruit can be prevented easily. A discussion on the effects of consuming rotten mangoes follows.



Causes Of Spoilage

  • Fungus and bacteria thrive on the sugars present in the ripe fruit and are major causes of spoilage.

  • Unclean equipment like knives and cutting boards used to process mango can be a source of contamination.


Health Problems Caused By Rotten Mango

  • If water used to rinse mango is unclean, it increases risk of infection by salmonella bacteria. Severe diarrhea and vomiting which depletes the body of precious water, results in dehydration.

  • Aspergillus niger is the most common fungus that attacks mangoes. Inhaling large amounts of these spores causes a disease called aspergillosis. Chest pain and difficulty in breathing is observed.

  • E coli can spread to the fruit if hand wash has been insufficient. Depending on the severity of the infection, diarrhea with blood, nausea, vomiting and even fever is seen. Cramps that cause shooting pain are also common.

Tips To Identify Rotten Mango

  • The skin should not have any bruises or cracks.
  • Brown and soft areas on the skin indicate damage.

  • A strong fermented odor means the fruit is past it's shelf life.


Food safety is the only measure that reduces the chance of mangoes rotting. Prevent spoilage and stay healthy !


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Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Mango