After a generous meal we normally end up with leftover food which it seems a shame to throw away. It seems like a good way of cutting down on waste and expenditure.
But research shows that reheating some of your favorite foods can be dangerous to your health, especially if they were stored incorrectly beforehand.
Here are three foods you should avoid reheating unless you want to book a day away from work – and in the bathroom instead.
The problem with eating leftover rice mainly stems from the way it is stored. Uncooked rice may contain spores of harmful bacteria that survive throughout the initial cooking process. If leftover rice is not kept at the right temperature, these spores will spread and multiply, and may cause digestion problems such as diarrhea or vomiting if consumed. It is best to eat all of your rice right after it is cooked, however if you do have some left over, put it in your fridge or your freezer immediately.
2. VEGETABLE OIL
Reheating meals made with vegetable oil for leftovers may put you at risk of heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. New research has found that repeatedly heating up polyunsaturated oils that have linoleic acid like canola, corn, soybean and sunflower oils, may release a toxic compound that can cause a variety of health disorders.
According to the Center for Food Safety, leftover vegetables should be put into an area where the temperature is below 4 degrees Celsius or below, and if you are planning on storing these vegetables for longer than 12 hours you should freeze them. Vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, celery, and beets, contain high amounts of a compound called nitrate that's when reheated will cause the accumulation of nitrite, known to be harmful to infants and young children as it can cause headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath and seizures.
The chicken contains a high level of protein. When cold chicken is heated for the second time, its protein composition alters, which can cause digestive problems. If you are reheating cooked chicken, you should make sure that it is thoroughly cooked and that the inside is piping hot.
Source: The Hearty Soul
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