What Happens If you Eat Bad Kimchi? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat bad kimchi, you may experience foodborne illness or mycotoxin exposure.

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made from fermented vegetables, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce.

It has a complex flavor and a variety of uses, from side dish to ingredient, and can be made at home or bought commercially.

If you accidentally eat bad kimchi, you may experience foodborne illness, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, headache, and body aches.

Eating spoiled kimchi may also contain mycotoxins, which are toxic compounds produced by mold.

People with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible to foodborne illness and mycotoxin exposure.

It is quite common to eat kimchi due to its popularity in Korean cuisine and its health benefits, such as providing probiotics and lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.

However, it is important to store kimchi properly and check for signs of spoilage, such as mold, sour smell, or change in color.

Once opened, kimchi should be refrigerated to help it last longer.

You can avoid accidental eating of bad kimchi by following these tips:

Buy fresh and high-quality kimchi from a reputable source.

Store kimchi in an airtight jar or tub in the refrigerator at or below 39°F (4°C).

Use clean utensils when scooping from your jar or tub to ensure you don’t introduce unwanted bacteria and contaminate the kimchi.

Discard kimchi if you see any mold or if the smell changes from the usual expected sourness and pungency.

Finally, remember, kimchi is a delicious and nutritious fermented food that can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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