Tip Tuesday: Hmm… is there mold on my bread?

Bread is so common everywhere in the world. It’s a versatile food, for example by applying spreads or jams, serving with cheese or salami, or even eat it as it is.

Oh no! The loaf of bread that I bought is ‘expiring’ tomorrow! Which one do you normally do?

– Finish them off as my lunch, tea break, dinner and supper.

– Eat it as usual the next day but worry about getting food poisoning.

– Throw it away because, yucks, there will be mold growing on it the next day!

– Put it in the refrigerator or freezer (it will become stale, dry and harder though).

As a matter of fact, if you do not place the bread near the sink, moisten the bread and leave it exposed, or place it at a warm and dark place, commercial bread can be safely eaten few days after the sell-by date showed on the tag (although it might get stale). This is because there are preservatives in it to prevent mold growth. Well, don’t be afraid to eat bread! The preservatives added in such small quantities so that are certainly harmless to our health, but with enough to suppress microbial growth.

On the other hand, if it smells sour or funky, and there are tiny greenish/ grayish/ blackish/ whitish spots on the surface like this:

moldy bread

it may be fine when accidentally ingested (oops!) a small amount of mold, but certain types of mold can cause food poisoning. So you should definitely wrap the bread up (to avoid spreading of mold spores to the surrounding) and throw it away.

The information provided here is served as a general guideline.

Nutritionist of The Froodly Team,

Wan Lih Ching


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