Eating Expired Candy Canes: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat expired candy canes, you may get sick from the spoiled sugar and bacteria.

Candy canes are hard candies that are usually red and white striped and shaped like a cane.

They are often flavored with peppermint or other mint extracts, and are popular during the Christmas season.

If you accidentally eat expired candy canes, you may experience some unpleasant effects, such as stomach ache, nausea, or diarrhea.

This is because the sugar in the candy canes may start to crystallize, lose its sweetness, and attract moisture and bacteria.

Sugar can act as a preservative, but over time it can also degrade and become a breeding ground for microbes.

Sugar can provide energy and sweetness, but it can also cause tooth decay, weight gain, and blood sugar spikes.

It is quite common to eat candy canes during the holidays, but they are not very nutritious and should be consumed in moderation.

You can try to soothe your stomach by drinking plenty of water, eating bland foods, or taking over-the-counter medications.

If your symptoms are severe or persist for more than a day, you should consult a doctor.

To avoid accidental eating of expired candy canes, you should check the best before date on the package, store them in a cool and dry place, and discard them if they look or smell bad, or feel soft or sticky.

Finally, remember, candy canes are a festive treat, but they are not a healthy snack. Enjoy them sparingly and always check their freshness before eating.

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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