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Foods That Contain Mold

By Dotchi Latham @DotchiLatham

While researching mold allergies, I learned a lot! Mold can be found in all the places you would expect

  • Warm, moist, dark areas
  • Mushrooms
  • Rotting logs
  • Compost pile
  • That stinky sponge near your sink
  • That pile of dirty dishes you forgot about 

But did you know that mold is actually in your food too?  "Oh, sure Purple Hair Lady!" I can here you saying now, "We KNOW that! I mean, seriously, cheese and mushrooms. Duh!"  Oh no, it's worst than that. Here are a list of foods to avoid if you have a mold allergy, compiled from around the web.

Foods that Contain Mold

Source: Do Me a Favor

  • Dairy
  • Dried Fruits (Apricots, prunes, raisins, etc)
  • Bacon
  • Beer
  • Bologna
  • Bread (sour dough is the worst!)
  • Cheese that is aged
  • Chocolate
  • Cider
  • Citric Acid
  • Coffee
  • Corn (Why?)
  • Corned beef
  • Crackers
  • Dried Spices
  • Eggs
  • Frankfurters
  • Fungi of any kind (like mushrooms, truffles, even alfalfa sprouts!)
  • Grains that are more than six months old
  • Hamburger (unless freshly ground)
  • Hot dogs
  • Juices that are store-bought. (make your own. They are okay)
  • Leftovers of any kind
  • Liquor
  • Melons (except watermelon, if fresh and eaten the same day)
  • Milk products
  • Multi-B vitamins: use caution
  • Mushrooms
  • Peanut butter (Why?)
  • Pickled or smoked fish and meat
  • Pickled Tongue
  • Potatoes (see link "Mold Allergy and Vegetables" below in the useful articles list)
  • Root Beer (Home-made)
  • Salami
  • Sauerkraut
  • Sausages
  • Sour cream
  • Soy Sauce
  • Spices, dried
  • Tomato products (juice, sauce, ketchup... they are made from moldy tomatoes)
  • Vinegar 
  • Wine

Here are some useful articles I found: Mold allergy information from ACAAI   Mold Allergy and Vegetables Mold allergy and Fruit Superfoods that relieve allergies to ... mold (an interesting read!)
Resources used for compiling this list Mold Elimination diet information from ENT and Allergy Center in OK (with a list of foods you can eat) Urthpro I am missing two links. I will find them and put them here.

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