During a conversation about the food discarded with the members of his government, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that in order not to waste a delicious jar of jam that was moldy, he simply removed this substance Grayish and velvety and ate the rest. But is this a really healthy practice?
The truth is that the answer to this question is not a simple yes or no, explains Manuel Moñino, dietitian-nutritionist member of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Not all foods have the same risk and all molds are the same." This causes discrepancies between food security agencies in different countries. "Some, like the UK, talk about ' preferably ' throwing away food, while others, like the United States, recommend discarding them." Above all, "because of this organism we only see the head and not the toxins that can leave in the food."
There are some foods that, says the expert, we should never consume if they get mold or see some insect in them. Legumes, rice, pasta, bread — cereals in general — and nuts are some of them. "The kind of mold that comes out in these foods has cancirógenas substances," he says. We must also discard the prepared meals and "under no circumstances eat fresh cheeses or spreads to those who have come out with mold."
However, there are other foods that we can be a little more lenient with. Moñino includes in this list the cheeses and sausages of hard texture: for example, the Parmesan, the manchego or the Fuet. In short, "cured foods from which we can remove the part that has been infected." As for fruits, "it must be valued according to the texture," says the dietitian-nutritionist, who adds that "if it is hard does not have to spread." Yes, you have to remove something else from the part that contains mold.
So what happens to the Prime Minister's jam? This food, says the expert, has a very wide preferential consumption date, which means that if you grow mold, it is because it has not been stored properly (in BUENAVIDA we explain how to keep food). Although it can be eliminated, Moñino does not recommend its consumption: "It does not assure us that it is exempt from it". The important thing, concludes the expert, "is to take consciousness. Food that has less risk does not mean that it cannot be contaminated. When the prescriptions are not fulfilled, the date of consumption is not worth anything.