Aflatoxin - Definition


Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by fungi that is equally harmful for both humans and animals. It proliferates in warm and humid climates, notably on seeds, grains, certain nuts (i.e. walnuts, pistachios, peanuts), coffee, corn, wheat, etc. It is also found in cow's milk. Aflatoxins are known to have natural carcinogenic properties, among the most powerful. Their ingestion at a high quantity can provoke serious issues of the liver (jaundice, cirrhosis, necrosis, and liver cancer), kidneys, and lungs, as well as diarrhea and anorexia, which may lead to death. The only way to destroy aflatoxin is through boiling, roasting, or cooking food at high temperatures.
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