The Moldy Bread Debate Offers The Reason To Toss Away The Whole Loaf

September 19, 2018

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One of easiest, and tastiest, treats in your kitchen is a sandwich. But the loaf of bread you have has been in your pantry for quite some time and you notice one or two pieces has a touch of mold. It's decision time. Do you cut away the moldy section and use the rest? Just toss out the pieces that contain mold and seek out slices that are free and clear?  Or, dare I say, toss out the entire loaf? As wasteful as it seems, food experts say if any part of your bread loaf contains mold, you should not consume any piece from it, even if the rest shows no signs of mold growth. You might not know this, but mold has a part that you can see, and also a part that you can't see. Actually, you don’t see most of it at all. Mold is a fungus and much like mushrooms on a forest floor, the visual mold you see is just a fraction of it. Fungi are connected with hyphae (hi-pf-fee) meaning that slice of bread next to the moldy piece most likely has mold too (you just can't see it).  Again, like a mushroom, the visual mold you see are the spores of reproduction meaning the entire bag of bread is swimming in mold. There are tens of thousands types of molds, it is nearly impossible to know for sure if a mold is harmless or harmful to you.  One of the first kinds of molds to develop on bread can cause intestinal infections if ingested. So when it comes to moldy bread, you are really taking a gamble on your health by consuming even one crumb.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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