Eating Expired Applesauce: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat expired applesauce, you may get sick from food poisoning and suffer from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach ache.

Applesauce is a sauce made from cooked apples, usually with added sugar, spices, and water.

It is often eaten as a snack, a side dish, or used in baking.

If you accidentally eat expired applesauce, you may experience some unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach ache.

This is because it may contain harmful bacteria or mold that have grown over time and can cause food poisoning.

Applesauce is usually pasteurized and sealed before being sold, which helps to prevent spoilage and extend its shelf life.

However, once the package is opened, it should be refrigerated and consumed within a few days.

If the package is unopened, it can last for about 12 to 18 months at room temperature, but it may lose its quality and flavor over time.

It is quite uncommon to eat expired applesauce, as most people would notice the change in color, smell, or taste of the sauce and discard it.

However, if you are not sure how long the applesauce has been stored or if it has been exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, it is better to be safe and throw it away.

You can treat mild cases of food poisoning from expired applesauce by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking over-the-counter medications to relieve the symptoms.

However, if the symptoms are severe or persist for more than 24 hours, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

To avoid accidental eating of expired applesauce, you should always check the expiration date on the package and store it properly.

You should also label and date any homemade applesauce and use it within a week.

If you notice any signs of spoilage such as mold, bubbles, or foul odor, do not taste or eat the applesauce and dispose of it immediately.

Finally, remember, applesauce is a delicious and nutritious food that can be enjoyed in many ways, but it can also go bad and cause health problems if not handled with care.

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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