Information on Mold Growth on Bread

Information on Mold Growth on Bread thumbnail
Information on Mold Growth on Bread

No matter what kind of bread you eat, if you leave it out under normal conditions, it's almost certain to sprout fuzzy patches of mold within a few days. The carbohydrate and water content of bread make it an excellent medium for mold growth.

  1. Types of Bread Mold

    • Mold growth on bread may be caused by any of a number of different species. Some of the more common bread molds are from the Aspergillus genus; others are species of Penicillium or Rhizopus.

    Identification

    • There is no simple way to accurately identify bread mold at home. While different types of mold may look different and produce a variety of colors, it's impossible to identify a specific species without a microscope and scientific expertise. You may indeed have a species of Penicillium growing on your bread--but it might be a toxic species instead of one that produces pencillin.

    Risks

    • Most types of bread mold are not dangerous to humans. However, some are allergens and can be especially dangerous to people with asthma or other lung problems. A few species are actually toxic. Since there is no way of easily telling which type you have, and since mold extends beyond the visible spots, you should always discard the entire loaf of bread when you see any mold on it.

    Preventing Mold Growth

    • Mold grows best in warm, humid conditions. Keep bread in a cool, dry place to delay the growth of mold. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching bread and always try to avoid touching any part but the piece you are removing to eat. If you are making homemade bread, add a little ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to the bread to inhibit mold growth.

    Encouraging Mold Growth

    • While you don't want to eat moldy bread, it can be an easy and interesting science project for young children. To encourage mold growth, drip some water on a piece of bread--homemade or preservative-free, if possible--then leave it out on a plate in a warm place. Check the bread every day to observe mold growth (but be careful not to handle or inhale the mold).

Related Searches

References

Resources

  • Photo Credit Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images

You May Also Like

  • What Affects Mold Growth on Bread?

    Bread molds fastest at room temperature and in a humid environment. Refrigeration slows the growth of mold, and freezing is effective in...

  • Does Light Affect Growth of Mold on Bread?

    Mold growing on bread is a common problem, causing waste of food in both residential and commercial establishments. There are many factors...

  • Bread Mold Information

    The mold that grows on bread is a type of fungus, usually Rhizopus stolonifer. This is one of the most common types...

  • Facts on Bread Mold

    If left in a warm, dark and moist environment, bread may grow mold. Common bread molds are fuzzy and appear black or...

  • Fun Facts About Moldy Bread

    It's a common occurrence: you buy a loaf of bread, only eat part of it with dinner, and put it in a...

  • School Projects on Moldy Bread

    Moldy bread occurs naturally, and watching the mold grow provides inspiration for many school projects. The benefit of moldy bread school projects...

  • What Makes Mold Grow on Bread?

    Breads are rich in starches, polymers made up of sugar molecules, and other useful nutrients. Just as bread can help supply us...

  • Bread Mold Fun Facts

    If you've ever forgotten about a loaf of bread in your pantry or cupboard, chances are there will be mold covering the...

  • Facts About Molds

    Mold is a type of fungus that grows in buildings and outdoors, especially on surfaces and food. Molds have a fuzzy appearance...

  • What Causes Mold in Bread?

    Many people prefer to keep bread at room temperature, but refrigeration means you won't have to throw out as much bread due...

  • Which Breads Mold Faster?

    Testing which types of bread mold faster than others is a cost efficient and simple science project for the science fair or...

  • Facts on Bad Bread

    Bad, or moldy, bread can cause many problems. Once bread expires it can become toxic and create a variety of illnesses. When...

  • Factors Affecting Mold Growth on Bread Products

    Bread mold is a fuzzy growth found on stale bread. The mold is a member of neither the plant nor the animal...

  • Why Does Fungus Grow on Bread?

    A fungus will grow on any food item as long as it provides the right conditions for its growth. Bread kept at...

  • How to Mold Bread

    How Does Mold Grow on Bread? What Does Bread Mold Need to Grow? Bread Mold Science Projects; Comments You May Also Like....

  • Black Mold Facts

    Black Mold Facts. The idea of black ... Mold and Rashes on Children's Skin. Most childhood allergies can be attributed to exposure...

  • How Does Mold Make Bread Uneatable?

    Molds are tiny living organisms that need a plant or an animal host on which to live and grow. Mold can take...

  • Information on Mold & Mildew

    Mold and mildew grow in damp, warm areas that have poor air circulation, such as basements and closets. They can also grow...

  • Wheat to Bread Facts for Kids

    Wheat to Bread Facts for Kids; X. ... Information on Mold Growth on Bread. No matter what kind of bread you eat,...

  • Procedures for Mold Growth on Bread Experiment

    Procedures for Mold Growth on Bread Experiment. If you are teaching students about bacterial growth, ... What Preservatives Help Prevent Mold on...

Related Ads

View Mobile Site