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

Short Answer: If you accidentally ate bad jicama, you may experience symptoms of food poisoning such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Jicama is a starchy root vegetable, often known as Mexican turnip or yam bean, that is slightly sweet and low in sugar, making it a good carbohydrate choice for people with diabetes and others attempting a low-sugar diet.

If you accidentally eat bad jicama, you may experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

You may also experience abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating.

In severe cases, you may also experience fever, chills, and dizziness.

This is because it contains bacteria or made with decomposed organic matter.

Bacteria can cause food poisoning and lead to the symptoms mentioned above.

It is quite uncommon to eat bad jicama due to its noticeable spoilage signs such as an unpleasant smell, a slimy texture, or visible mold growth.

You can seek medical attention if you experience severe symptoms.

If the symptoms are mild, staying hydrated and resting may be sufficient.

To avoid accidental eating, inspect the jicama for spoilage signs before consuming and store it properly to extend its shelf life.

Finally, remember, jicama is a nutritious vegetable that can be a healthy addition to your diet when fresh and properly stored.

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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