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Should You Toss Moldy Bread?

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  • If magnified a couple dozen times, mold on bread, called Rhizopus nigricans, contains potentially toxic vegetative spores known as mycelium and sporangia, which are invisible but may have spread
  • Eating moldy bread and other foods may bring on respiratory problems and allergic reactions, and may even be the explanation for other “mystery” illnesses
  • Black mold from damp buildings can cause any number of serious lung problems, but very few people associate similar illnesses with eating bread or other foods with a little green around the edges
  • If you’re sensitive to mold, environmental or otherwise, you may be more susceptible to molds on foods, so staying away from corn and wheat products, peanuts, alcoholic beverages and other foods is wise

By Dr. Mercola

At some point or other, you may have looked in your cupboard and found unappetizing little moldy bits on your bread or hamburger buns. Like most people, your first reaction might be to throw it into the nearest garbage pail. Someone may even have admonished you, saying a few specks of mold on bread was “perfectly fine,” “nothing wrong with it,” or brought up the benefits of penicillin.


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