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Why You Shouldn’t Eat Mouldy Bread

It’s 1 a.m. You’re yearning a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — or maybe a slice of grilled cheese. You open the bread bag and– ugh!– the bread is blue with mould along one edge. As you’re attempting to decide whether to throw the bread away, you keep in mind that penicillin is made from mould. That makes it OKAY to eat? Think again. Let Tropika Club run you through on what you should not eat mouldy bread.


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Mould and Mushrooms

If you eat that mouldy bread, here’s the thing on what may occur. Moulds originate from the very same family as mushrooms. In fact, if you look at moulds with a microscope, you’ll see that they often look like little mushrooms: stalks with spores on the top. These spores offer moulds their beautiful colours– such as the blue-green shading lining your now inedible bread.

While moulds may be pretty, they can also be hazardous. Many varieties– there are hundreds of thousands of moulds– cause allergies and respiratory issues. In some cases, moulds produce mycotoxins, a toxin that makes individuals, animals and other animals sick. And guess where among the most infamous mycotoxins– aflatoxin– grows? That’s right: on grains and nut crops– 2 things that make up lots of pieces of bread

Aflatoxin and Mould

Aflatoxin, a cancer-causing mould discovered around the globe, is one of the most studied and kept track of moulds out there. Despite all the attention it gets, this mould has actually not been gotten rid of– though manufacturing plants across the world are kept track of to guarantee levels of aflatoxin remain within acceptable limitations.

Aflatoxins are poisonous substances produced by certain kinds of fungi (moulds) that are found naturally all over the world; they can contaminate food crops and pose a serious health threat to humans and livestock. Aflatoxins also pose a significant economic burden, causing an estimated 25% or more of the world’s food crops to be destroyed annually.

Aflatoxins are potent carcinogens and may affect all organ systems, especially the liver and kidneys; they cause liver cancer, and have been linked to other types of cancer – AFB1
is known to be carcinogenic in humans; the potency of aflatoxin to cause liver cancer is significantly enhanced in the presence of infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV).

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