Most people end up buying maize flour in large quantities, they store it for so long in the house without even remembering to check the expiry date. Some other people usually have a bucket where they usually store this flour.Just before the one you bought a month ago is over you end up buying more and adding to the same bucket. This is not a good way to do it because flour get bad so fast if not stored well.Sometimes if you store maize flour for so long it goes rancid, this may also result from storing it under unfavorable conditions. When flour goes rancid, its molecular structure changes which may produce harmful compounds. However, no recent studies have revealed any detrimental effects of eating rancid flour. Although cooked foods made with it may taste unpleasant, they're unlikely to harm your health if eaten in small amounts.
The best way to determine whether your flour is safe is to smell it. While fresh flour has a neutral odor, bad flour smells off. It can be stale, musty, or almost sour. It may also look discolored.Additionally, if your flour has come into contact with water or moisture, large clumps of mold may appear. In this case, you should immediately discard the entire bag.These molds are not fit for human consumption and can lead to stomachache.Expired maize flour develops mycotoxins that can lead to other health problems. Please share.
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