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Cupcake's avatar

Is there any danger in eating stale food?

Asked by Cupcake (13215points) October 2nd, 2010

Sure my tortilla chips lack their characteristic crunch, but is there any harm in eating them?

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Gamrz360's avatar

No there shouldn’t be.

tranquilsea's avatar

No harm in stale food aside from it being not the greatest tasting meal. Just make sure, with things like bread products, that they haven’t gone mouldy.

everephebe's avatar

Bisotti is a twice baked, dried out bread. They dried out bisotti so it wouldn’t spoil on a trip, like on the road to take over England. They were considered to be a nonperishable item, that would last for centuries. Stale foods are eatable. And while the process is different then drying, it acts in a similar way. Stale breads have had culinary uses for centuries, sometimes serving as bowls and plates. It is a flavor difference. But do check for mold.

MarthaStewart's avatar

Since you mention tortilla chips specifically, then the oil they’re cooked in is a potential issue. Vegetable oils break down as they age and they oxidize. “Oxidation of oils not only produces rancid flavours but can also decrease the nutritional quality and safety by the formation of oxidation products, which may play a role in the development of diseases (Staprans et al., P1996a, b; Kanazawa et al., 2002).”

Cupcake's avatar

Interesting. Thanks for the references @MarthaStewart and @everephebe.

CMaz's avatar

Yes, projectile vomiting.

flutherother's avatar

Yes, I came home drunk one night and ate some bread that was turning a little green. In the morning I had one hell of a sore head.

Cupcake's avatar

Green bread =/= stale.

Yuck.

flutherother's avatar

The alcohol may have played a part as well.

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