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Is it unhealthy to consume mold?

  1. May 17, 2008 #1

    Simfish

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    As in, the mold that grows on bread? Or the one that grows on coffee? (yes, I once got mold that grew on my old coffee >.<)
     
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  3. May 17, 2008 #2

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    I don't know about coffee, but bread mold is essentially penecillin. If you aren't allergic to it, it won't hurt you. Tastes kind of funky, though.
     
  4. May 17, 2008 #3

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    If you've ever eaten blue cheese, you've eaten mold. But, the answer really is "it depends." Some molds can be safely eaten, like the one in blue cheese. Others produce toxins that would be very unsafe to eat (or breathe). If in doubt, don't eat it (there's probably more than just mold growing in coffee that's been sitting around long enough to grow mold :yuck:).
     
  5. May 18, 2008 #4

    jim mcnamara

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    bread mold is Rhizopus spp. You can probably eat that depending on the species. Why eat probable food?

    Some species are used commercially to make some types of cheese for example. Obviously these guys are okay to eat.
    http://www.emlab.com/app/fungi/Fungi.po?event=fungi&species=31&type=secondary

    Here is a sample of what unkown-to-you molds may possibly do:
    http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~mow/chap41.html

    When in doubt about strange beasties in your food the try the USDA "bad bug book" and don't eat 'em regardless.
     
  6. May 27, 2008 #5

    Andy Resnick

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    Let's not forget the Ergot fungus. Especially since Albert Hoffman recently died.
     
  7. May 29, 2008 #6
    LMAO! I had always thought that removing the mould that could be seen was useless, if you were going to eat the bread anyway. I thought there was actually some growth that could not be seen?

    I just don't eat things with mould on full stop, I find it off putting but then I am a wimp :bugeye:
     
  8. Jun 1, 2008 #7

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    You are correct, the hyphae (microscopic 'roots' of fungi) are often colorless and permeate to some depth into the bread (or any other food it prefers). Analogous to real roots, these hyphae absorb nutrients from the substrate it is growing in. When hyphae develop into a larger mass, they are collectively referred to as mycelium.
     
  9. Jun 11, 2008 #8
    AH yes, rings a bell that does, talked about that a while back in class.
     
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