What Happens If you Eat Fermented Fruit? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat fermented fruit, you may get drunk or sick from the alcohol and yeast in it.

Fermented fruit is a type of food prepared by using yeast to convert sugar compounds in the fruit to alcohols.

Both fresh fruit and canned fruit can be fermented, and are often looked upon as an intermediate stage in making various types of fruit-based wines or other alcoholic drinks.

If you accidentally eat fermented fruit, you may experience some mild intoxication or digestive upset, depending on the amount and type of fruit, the level of fermentation, and your individual tolerance.

This is because it contains ethanol or made with yeast.

Ethanol can impair your judgment, coordination, and reaction time, and may also cause dehydration, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

Yeast can produce gas and bloating, and may also trigger allergic reactions in some people.

It is quite uncommon to eat fermented fruit due to its sour and unpleasant taste, smell, and appearance.

Most people would avoid eating fruit that has signs of spoilage, such as mold, slime, or bubbles.

You can prevent or reduce the negative effects of eating fermented fruit by drinking plenty of water, eating some bland food, and resting until the symptoms subside.

If you have severe or persistent symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

To avoid accidental eating of fermented fruit, you should store your fruit in a cool and dry place, and check it regularly for freshness.

You should also discard any fruit that has been exposed to air, moisture, or heat for too long, or that has visible signs of fermentation or spoilage.

Finally, remember, fermented fruit is not the same as fermented foods that are intentionally made for health benefits, such as sauerkraut, yogurt, or kombucha.

These foods are made with specific cultures and conditions that ensure safety and quality.

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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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