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Thread: If something doesn't rot or mold you probably shouldn't eat it.

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    If something doesn't rot or mold you probably shouldn't eat it.

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    If you can't decide whether you should eat something or not this is a good question to ask. Also ask yourself does this food item get nasty and smelly if it's left out at room temperature? If the answer is yes then you can decide if it fits into your primal diet. If the answer is no then IMO, it hardly matters whether you can somehow justify it being primal. If mold and insects won't eat it neither will I.
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    Coconut oil?

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    Nuts are stable at room temperature...

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    There are lots of things the DO mold and rot at room temperature that I won't eat (tree bark, grass, manure etc). There are things that are SUPPOSED to mold at room temp that are delicious...(ie fermented dried sausages, cheeses) I'm not sure mold/rot is a good criteria for deciding if a "food" is good or not.....

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    I keep my eggs at room temperature.

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    I keep my olive oil and ghee at room temperature.

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    I understand what you're saying, but this isn't something that holds up to casual statements.

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    There are of course exceptions (mainly oils) but it's a good starting point and rules out a lot of questionable foods.

    Btw eggs will eventually go bad if left in a warm place (I have chickens that have laid eggs in out of the way places) and nuts with just a little moisture will mold quickly.

    Is this scientific? Absolutely not! But I encourage the curious to get a some McDonalds french fries and a twinkie (unwrapped) and see how long it takes to rot. Perhaps there is a correlation between the rate of rot and the nutrient value of the item in question, it's just a theory.
    Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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    I get what you're saying Urban Forager, and in some ways I think I unconsciously use the same criteria.

    Oils will go rancid - they may take longer than a piece of meat, but if you don't use them up in a timely manner, and you have a sensitive nose, you'll notice the day they're no longer fresh.

    Another test is the bug or animal test. Put some butter and some margarine outdoors in separate places, and see what's left the next day. This may not work if you live near an exuberant large dog as they have been known to swallow small toys, and may find margarine to be a delicacy.
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