Let’s face it: even the best housekeeper has that one jar of frosting that’s been there for who knows how long. And who out there hasn’t accidentally swallowed a sip of milk that should have been thrown out the day before? It’s unpleasant, but it won’t kill you.
The same cannot be said of other ticking time bombs in your kitchen, however. While some foods can be eaten after their “best by” dates, others are much more dangerous.
You’ll be shocked to learn what dangers could be lurking in your cabinets. Read on to find out what danger you’re welcoming in your own home…
1. Potatoes: Bad potatoes are known to contain a toxin that’s intended to ward off pests, but can also be harmful to humans. If your potato is green, get rid of it! Otherwise, you’ll risk digestive problems and, even worse, issues with your nervous system.
2. Moldy bread: When it’s only partially moldy, it can be tempting to just scrape it off, but don’t! Recent research conducted showed that the bacteria and toxins potentially carried by bread mold can cause an upset stomach and food poisoning.
3. Eggs: It’s important that you always be careful with eggs and you’re sure to eat them fresh. Bad eggs can give you an upset stomach or even salmonella. To check, when you crack one open, the whites and the yolk should remain nicely separated.
4. Canned goods: You might think that just because a food is canned, there’s no way it could ever spoil. Wrong! If it’s past its expiration date, don’t risk it, especially if the can is bent or swollen. Such expired products are known to cause botulism.
5. Cucumbers: Eating a wilted cucumber is just fine, but you’ll want to stay away from those that appear to have “tears” on them. It turns out that this is actually a chemical secreted during decomposition that can cause damage to your intestinal lining.
6. Dry spices: Have you noticed a dust cloud trailing your herbs? Research suggests this could be a sign of insect activity in your cupboard. The next time you buy spices, try storing them in the fridge to bolster freshness.
7. Dry goods: Are items in your cupboard, like granola or popcorn, smelling funky? The nose knows best. Throw away suspicious-smelling goods. The odor could indicate decomposition that can cause an upset stomach or even food poisoning.
8. Milk: It goes without saying that milk is one of the most common foods to spoil in your fridge. While it’s usually safe to consume the product a couple of days after the sell-by date, research suggests you might not want to push it too far. Common side effects of ingesting spoiled milk include food poisoning—yikes!
9. Tomatoes: Like cucumbers, it can be harmful to your intestinal lining to eat a tomato once it has spoiled. So if you see a wilted tomato, just spring for a new batch. You don’t want to risk your health or getting food poisoning.
10. Yogurt: If you’ve ever prepared to eat your yogurt and noticed chunks and curdling inside, you’ll want to stay away. Like most expired dairy products, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up getting sick.
If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned out your spice cabinets, you might want to do a quick check! You don’t want to know what could be lurking inside those canisters.
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