Molds are fungi that grow on moist, humid places where there is a profusion of organic matter for them to eat. They thrive when the conditions are good and they are often toxic to humans and other animals. No wonder, they grow on bread, bread is an organic matter that offers molds enough food for them to live and build a colony.
Once the bread has molds, it is dangerous to try and consume it because some molds are toxic or produce toxins that can harm and even kill people. Bread mold is not exempt from this danger and it is wise to do away with bread that is past its expiration date because molds may be starting to grow on them even if you can not see them yet.
Ongoing Process of the Mold Bread Experiment:
Mold spores travel in the air all around us. They are in the air we breathe and in the things we touch. Spores are like the seeds of mold and they float around in the air until they reach a nice humid, moist spot for them to germinate. When they get to bread, they make bread mold. It is not really that hard to imagine that while the bread was being made or packaged; molds could have gotten into them already. That is how abundant molds are in our lives.
Bread mold is usually the black type of mold which can survive just about anywhere in some of the more extreme temperatures. Bread mold can grow even if the bread packaging is never opened. This is evidence that molds are everywhere around us and that we have to be very careful.
Experimenting on Mold Bread:
There are ways of making bread mold a thing of the past. You can reduce the moisture in the bread or add preservatives to the bread itself. The problem with reducing water activity or moisture I bread is that it makes bread less tasty and rather dry. It would be almost equivalent to a cracker because the ideal moisture where molds can not grow is below moisture content of 0.85.
Bread mold will also have a hard time growing if the bread had preservatives in them. Preservatives do tend to have lesser known side effects which may outweigh eating the bread within a few days of it being made. After all, there is nothing wrong with eating the bread fresh out of the oven or just from the bakery. Bread mold will have a hard time growing on the bread that is already in the stomach. Mold can also help humans with the production of some beverages and foods. The more common foods they help produce are several kinds of cheeses and also Tempe and quern.
Source by Judy Wellsworth