What happens if you Eat Ants by Accident? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Key Highlights

  • Seeing ants on our food feels yucks.
  • They always find new ways to reach to our foods.
  • What happens if you eat ants?

House ants love our foods.

No matter how careful we are, the ants will come to some foods. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Even after we chase ants, they come again.

Sometimes we accidentally ate those ants.

But what happens if you eat ants by accident? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Keep reading. ๐Ÿง

Table of Contents

What happens if you Eat Ants?

Ants are usually swarm around sweet foods.

They rarely come to salty or spicy foods.

Everyone may have accidentally eaten ants at some point in their lives.

Just ask your parents. 

Do they need to seek emergency? ๐Ÿค”

Absolutely not!

Because accidentally eating or swallowing ants does no harm. [1]

Our body is pretty airtight and sticky.

If any ants come into our body, they immediately die due to lack of oxygen.

If some ants have very good luck and doesn’t die from suffocation, they definitely die from our acidic gastric juice. 

Our stomach contain gastric juice. It is made up of digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and other substances that are important for digestion. [2]

Every day our body produce 3 to 4 liters of gastric juice.

Do you think ants can survive in it? ๐Ÿค”

Also, if ants carry any bacteria, this gastric juice will destroy them.

Summary: Accidentally eating ants does no harm. They can’t live in our body, and our gastric juice will digest them normally.

Ants Crawling, What happens if you Eat Ants,
Ants Love Sweet Foods

Can I still eat food that has ants in it?

Yes. You can.

But try to get rid of the ants first. 

Because you’re definitely not going to eat ants intentionally, as it doesn’t feel good.

If the ants stick to the food, don’t worry, it is safe to eat, unless you’re allergic to it.

But be extra careful in the future.

Because intentionally eating ants daily is definitely not good and feel yucks. ๐Ÿคฎ

But make sure the food you’re eating is fresh.

Because stale foods, definitely not good for you.

The Final Words

Ants are irritating sometime.

No matter how hard we try, they often come. ๐Ÿ˜ 

But the good news is that accidentally eating ants are not poisonous.

However, if the ants come to your foods daily, you will need pest control service to get rid of it. ๐Ÿค”


Some frequently asked questions about this topic.

Can you die from eating ants?

No. Accidentally eating ants is not poisonous, and you shouldn’t worry. There are no reports of anyone dying or gotten sick from eating.

What happens if you eat dead ants in food?

Nothing happens. Our body will digested those dead ants.

What happens if you eat living ants?

Nothing happens. Ants can’t live within our body, because of suffocation and stickiness.

What happens if you eat red ants?

Nothing happens. Your body will kill those red ants.

What happens if you eat sugar ants?

Nothing happens. Your body will kill those red ants.

What happens if you eat black ants?

Nothing happens. Your body will kill those red ants.

Is it safe to eat ants?

Yes. It is safe to eat ants accidentally. But you definitely wouldn’t intentionally eat ants daily.

Can you get sick from eating ants?

No. Accidentally eating ants is not poisonous, and you shouldn’t worry. Our gastric juice will kill those ants.


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  1. Practo: Accidentally ate live ants. Accessed 13 October 2021.
  2. NCBI Bookself: How does the stomach work? Accessed 13 October 2021.
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A. R. Choudhury, ARChoudhuryMSc,

A. R. Choudhury also known as Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelorโ€™s and Masterโ€™s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition, and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS. ๐Ÿ…

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals. ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿฅ—