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  • You're all ready to make the sandwich of your dreams.

  • Turkey, tomato, and Swiss on a bed of romaine lettuce sandwiched between two slices of sourdough.

  • Classic, but oh no!

  • What's this? Mold? Ugh.

  • But look, good news, the mold's only on part of the bread so I could just cut that away and be fine, right?

  • There's no such thing as a clean part of moldy bread.

  • That's because mold is a fungus like mushrooms.

  • The caps on the surface are easy enough to spot, but there's a vast network of subterranean roots called hyphae that you can't see.

  • So let's take another look at that bread of yours.

  • Ugh, disgusting.

  • Well, maybe you can just grab another piece from the same loaf.

  • Well, that's not such a good idea, either.

  • Because by the time the mold sprouts its fuzzy head, what you're really seeing is the reproductive part of the mold called sporangiums.

  • Each sporangium releases tens of thousands of spores, so even though you can't see it, that entire loaf could be teeming with fungus.

  • But it seems like such a waste to just throw it out.

  • After all, you eat mold on purpose all the time like the mold that goes into making cheese, soy sauce, and even life-saving antibiotics like penicillin.

  • Eating a little bit on your bread can't be that bad, right?

  • Well, ultimately, it's a gamble.

  • Just like eating a wild mushroom.

  • Many are fine, but some can be deadly.

  • Mold is the same way.

  • There are thousands of different species of mold, many of which are harmless to humans.

  • But since so many types can sprout up on food, it's nearly impossible to know if what you're eating is safe.

  • Cladosporium, for example, can sometimes trigger allergies but is generally harmless, whereas other molds like Penicillium Crustosum produce harmful poisons called Mycotoxins.

  • An elderly couple in 2005, for example, was admitted to the hospital after eating a can of soup contaminated with this kind of mold.

  • They had severe muscle tremors but eventually recovered.

  • But other molds, like Rhizopus Stolonifer, can have permanent effects, and you might recognize this mold since it commonly grows on bread.

  • Blue green with black splotches and super fuzzy.

  • In rare cases, it can prompt a deadly infection called Zygomycosis, which causes your blood to clot and can ultimately starve your cells of oxygen to the point that they die.

  • And it's not like bacteria, where a little heat will eliminate the threat, because high temperatures won't break down the Mycotoxins.

  • And since you have no clue which one you're about to put in your mouth, ask yourself: is it really worth the risk?

You're all ready to make the sandwich of your dreams.

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Never Eat The ‘Clean’ Part Of Moldy Bread

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    Priscilla posted on 2019/01/06
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