People don’t want to throw away leftovers, they can can be easily reheated and used the next day. But this practice is not always good and can be really harmful for your health. Some leftovers should be avoided from reheating, because it can be really dangerous to your health.
These are 4 leftover foods that you should never reheat.
Reheating vegetable oils, especially olive oil is connected to the increased risk of heart diseases and cancer. When polyunsaturated oils like (sunflower oil, canola, and corn oil) are reheated, they release 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal (HNE) which is a toxin derived from linoleic acid contained in the polyunsaturated oils.
This toxin is connected to the several types of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the finding of the Food Standard Agency, uncooked rice contains spores of harmful bacteria which can survive the cooking process and can be reactivated later. Storing the cooked rice on room temperature can cause reproduction of this harmful bacteria. It can cause numerous digestive problems. If you want to reduce reproduction process of these spores, you will need to freeze rice leftovers or keep them in a fridge for one day maximum.
When protein gets reheated, it can become dangerous, and chicken is full of it. You can only reheat chicken meat if the inside of it is very hot. This fact is important when you use the microwave because it doesn’t reheat meals evenly. Also, keep in mind that you can eat this kind of meat up to 2 days, not a day longer.
According to the Center for Food Safety, leftovers of vegetables should be stored at -4C. If you want to store them for a longer period, then you will need to freeze your veggies.
Vegetables that contain high levels of nitrates like: beets, lettuce, celery and spinach can cause problems when they are exposed on room temperature. These vegetables can cause methemoglobinemia in children, a rare blood disorder which causes symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue and seizures.