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Symptoms of rancid fat/oil/grease?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 05, 2011 at 8:16 PM

This is a question for people with iron stomachs. Lotta folks here with IBS or leaky gut or whatever, please move along - none of that applies.

An iron stomach can be too much of a good thing sometimes, when allows you to be careless about kitchen hygiene. Today I think I've got a bit of a tummy ache from some suet that I rendered into tallow long after its expiration date.

So my question is, how serious can it get, and does it go beyond gastrointestinal turmoil? Does anything get into the blood, for instance?

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Oh heck, I'm on my iPad using coffee shop wi-fi, with my bicycle beside me, ten miles from home. The headwind made it feel like twenty miles. So, I know I ain't dying. Not this time, at least.

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on November 05, 2011
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Have to realize what rancid oil really is. It's oxidized oils primarily. It could be other compounds in the oil (phenolics, acids, etc...) that have degraded as well. Either way, by consuming and digesting it, you're putting these compounds into circulation.

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:48 PM

OK iron gut take your pukes and don't be such a namby-pamby.

Seriously I don't know whether it's time for the antibiotics or not. Rancid veg oil smells like paint drying. I'd look for mold on sat fats like lard, tallow or butter, but I think the rendering would have killed bacteria or parasites. Food poisoning is usually gone in a day. If symptoms linger see the doctor.

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on November 06, 2011
at 10:08 AM

Rancid oil/fat smells and tastes rancid. Not quite sure how to describe it. It's the smell that shop bought oven chips give off as they're cooking. Nuts taste weird when they're rancid too.

I wouldn't have thought you'd have a tummy ache from rancid fats though as other poster has said. It's when the fat oxidises - it's not quite the same as food going off/bad.

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:45 PM

If you are able to sit at a computer and type then it doesn't sound as bad as it could be :). If the "turmoil" lasts longer than about 12 hours I might get concerned. I've always had an iron stomach, but the two times I have had food poisoning my body did its job THOROUGHLY, by purging itself for about 6-8 hours and then I was good to go again. Be well!

93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on November 05, 2011
at 08:51 PM

Oh heck, I'm on my iPad using coffee shop wi-fi, with my bicycle beside me, ten miles from home. The headwind made it feel like twenty miles. So, I know I ain't dying. Not this time, at least.

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