Eating Old Guacamole: What will Happen?

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat old guacamole, you may get food poisoning from the bacteria that can grow on it.

Guacamole is a dish that is typically made from avocados, salt, lime juice, and chili peppers.

It is a popular dip in many Spanish and Mexican dishes.

While the dish is safe to eat when made correctly, there have been reports of people becoming ill after eating expired guacamole.

If you accidentally eat old guacamole, you may experience symptoms of food poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.

This is because it may contain harmful amounts of bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli, and Bacteroides.

These bacteria can cause infections and inflammation in your digestive system.

It is quite uncommon to eat old guacamole due to its unappealing appearance and smell.

Guacamole tends to turn brown and sour when it is exposed to air and starts to oxidize.

However, some people may not notice the signs of spoilage and consume it unknowingly.

You can treat mild cases of food poisoning by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking over-the-counter medications to ease the discomfort.

However, if you have severe symptoms such as bloody stools, dehydration, or high fever, you should seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid accidental eating of old guacamole, you should store it properly and check the expiration date before consuming it.

You can keep guacamole fresh for longer by placing it in an airtight container, covering the top with a thin layer of water, lemon juice, or lime juice, and refrigerating it.

You can also freeze guacamole for up to three months, but make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before eating it.

Finally, remember, guacamole is a delicious and nutritious dish that can be enjoyed with many foods, but only if it is fresh and safe to eat.

Always check the quality of your guacamole before dipping in.

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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