Can you get sick from eating expired hummus?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you get sick from eating expired hummus” with an in-depth analysis of the health implications of eating expired hummus. 

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Can you get sick from eating expired hummus?

Expired hummus or the hummus that has gone bad contains bacteria mainly Salmonella and Listeria which can result in food poisoning.

So if you have devoured hummus that has gone bad, it can result in food poisoning that is characterized by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, weakness, headaches, and dehydration.

A mild food poisoning lasts for about a day or two while a more persistent case of food poisoning can last for about 10 days.

  1. Diarrhea is an indication of the body that a certain obnoxious agent has entered it. So consumption of expired or bacteria-laden hummus often causes diarrhea.
  1. Food poisoning after consuming bad hummus is characterized by abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is also accompanied by vomiting and nausea in most cases.
  1. If you have consumed hummus that has bacterial growth on it then you will experience nausea and vomiting which is the natural defense of the body to get rid of the unwanted harmful substance that has entered the body.
  1. Consuming hummus that has gone bad will also raise your body temperature and you can experience fever which is the natural defense mechanism of your body and is the indicator that something is off with your body.

So in case you have devoured bad hummus and are now suffering from vomiting and diarrhea,  you should try to drink as much water as possible so that while the body is getting rid of the toxins in form of diarrhea and vomiting, the water that you drink will protect your body against dehydration that vomiting can otherwise result in. In case the symptoms worsen, or diarrhea and vomiting persist for more than 3 days you should seek medical help.

It is worth mentioning that when it comes to hummus, then you will find a “sell by” and “use-by” date on it rather than the “expiry date”.

Unopened hummus that is sold unrefrigerated lasts for about 1-3 months if stored properly in the pantry. On the other hand, opened hummus that is sold unrefrigerated lasts for about 4-7 days when it is stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Unopened hummus that is sold refrigerated lasts for about 3-7 days when stored in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, opened hummus that is sold refrigerated lasts for about 3-7 days when stored properly in the fridge. 

Last but not least the homemade hummus last for about 4-5 days.

It is worth mentioning that you should do the sensory evaluation of the hummus, before deciding whether or not you are going to eat it.

Certain indicators point out bad hummus, therefore you should consider the appearance, texture, and smell of your hummus to reach a final verdict whether it has gone bad or not.

Appearance

If you spot molds or other organic growth on your hummus, then the best thing you can do is to get rid of the hummus as it is an indication of bad hummus.

Texture 

If you notice that the oil has completely separated from the rest of the hummus and the texture of hummus has changed significantly then the best thing to do in this scenario is to get rid of such hummus.

Smell 

If you smell something sour, putrid, or ammonia-like while taking a sniff test of your hummus then it means that your hummus has gone bad and you should discard it.  

Vulnerable populations

No doubt that consuming bad hummus will induce food poisoning in the individual that consumed it but some vulnerable populations are more prone to Salmonella food poisoning if they consume bad hummus. They are

  1. Elderly people especially those that are above the age of 65
  1. Children that are aged under 5 as their immune system is weak as compared to the adults
  1. Pregnant women
  1. Immunocompromised people have a very weak immune system and are already suffering from diseases like HIV or the people that have recently got a transplant or have gone through surgery.

Therefore such people should take more care while consuming food and should always check if the hummus they are going to consume is a good one or a spoiled one.

Tips to properly store hummus

You can store your unopened store-bought hummus that is sold unrefrigerated, in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat while once opened you should store it in the refrigerator in the air-tight container or plastic zipper bag.

You should always store your hummus (sold refrigerated) at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit therefore it is always advised to store your hummus at a lower temperature to preserve its freshness and quality for a long time.

It is advised to always store the hummus on the shelf of the refrigerator rather than the door as there can be a lot of temperature fluctuations at the door of the fridge that can degrade the quality of the hummus.

You can read how to make hummus here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you get sick from eating expired hummus” with an in-depth analysis of the health implications of eating expired hummus. 

Citations

https://www.mashed.com/217312/heres-how-you-can-tell-when-hummus-has-gone-bad/

https://www.doesitgobad.com/does-hummus-go-bad/

https://foodsguy.com/does-hummus-go-bad/

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.

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