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Eating Moldy Food: When It's OK, When It's Not

Moldy food is a fact of life. Even if you do everything right, like refrigerating food promptly, mold can still show up in your favorite fare.
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Soft fruits and veggies

Throw it out.

You wouldn’t even think about eating a mold-covered strawberry, right?

Still, something like an orange may seem like fair game. Unfortunately, the tough rind doesn’t offer as much protection as you may think.

Even if you don’t see it, mold can permeate the skin and spread quickly through the fleshy insides.

"Sometimes the mold will just grow on the surface," says Doyle, "but if you eat it you may taste a little moldy taste."

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