Drinking Something Expired: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally drank expired milk, you may suffer from digestive issues, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Milk is a dairy product that is obtained from the mammary glands of animals, such as cows, goats, and sheep.

Milk contains water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.

Milk is often pasteurized, which means it is heated to kill harmful bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses.

Milk is usually labeled with a date that indicates its expected shelf life, but this date does not necessarily mean that the milk is unsafe to drink after that point.

If you accidentally drink expired milk, you may experience some unpleasant symptoms, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

These symptoms are caused by the bacteria that have multiplied in the milk over time, producing toxins and acids that spoil the milk.

The severity of the symptoms depends on how much expired milk you drank, how spoiled the milk was, and how sensitive your stomach is.

It is quite common to drink expired milk due to confusion over the date labels on milk cartons.

Many people assume that the date on the milk indicates its safety, but it actually reflects its quality.

Milk can stay good for several days past its listed date, as long as it is stored properly in the refrigerator.

However, milk can also spoil before its listed date, if it is exposed to high temperatures or contaminated by other sources.

You can treat the symptoms of drinking expired milk by drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, and avoiding solid foods until your stomach settles.

You can also take over-the-counter medications to relieve nausea and diarrhea, but do not take anti-diarrheal drugs, as they may interfere with your body’s ability to eliminate the bacteria.

If your symptoms are severe or last longer than 24 hours, you should seek medical attention.

To avoid accidental drinking of expired milk, you should always check the smell, taste, color, and texture of the milk before drinking it.

If the milk smells sour, tastes bitter, looks yellowish, or has lumps, it is likely spoiled and should be discarded.

You should also store the milk in the coldest part of the refrigerator, away from the door, and use it within a week of opening it.

Finally, remember, milk is a nutritious and delicious beverage, but it can also cause problems if it is not handled properly.

Always pay attention to the signs of spoilage and use your senses to determine if the milk is still good to drink.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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