Have you ever opened your fridge, only to find a block of Parmesan cheese covered in mold? It’s a common occurrence, but what happens if you eat moldy Parmesan cheese?
Is it safe, or should you toss it in the trash immediately? Let’s explore.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that not all molds are created equal. Some molds are harmless, while others can be harmful to your health. However, it can be difficult to tell the difference just by looking at the mold on your cheese.
If you do decide to eat moldy Parmesan cheese, there is a chance that you could experience some negative side effects. The most common symptoms of eating moldy cheese include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, you could even experience allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.
So why does this happen? When cheese becomes moldy, it means that the mold spores have begun to spread throughout the food.
These spores produce mycotoxins – toxic substances that can cause illness in humans and animals. While the levels of mycotoxins in moldy cheeses are typically low, they still pose a risk.
To reduce your risk of getting sick from eating moldy Parmesan cheese (or any other type of moldy food), it’s best to err on the side of caution and throw it away. If there is only a small amount of visible mold on the cheese (i.e., less than an inch), you may be able to salvage it by cutting off the affected area and consuming only what remains.
Another thing to keep in mind is that certain groups of people are more susceptible to foodborne illnesses than others. This includes pregnant women, young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems. If you fall into one of these categories, it’s especially important to avoid eating moldy foods.
In conclusion: while eating small amounts of moldy Parmesan cheese is unlikely to cause serious harm, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When in doubt, throw it out!