We all eat the reheated leftovers and actually enjoy them, but you should know that this is not always harmless as it seems. Apparently, some foods might endanger your health if you consume them reheated.
These are the 4 leftovers you should avoid:
Chicken is high in protein, and reheating changes this composition. You can reheat it if the meat inside is very hot. Also, make sure you eat the meat in two days, and no more.
Food Standard Agency claims that uncooked rice has spores of harmful bacteria that survive the first cooking process. Spores multiply if the rice is kept at room temperature, and thus cause numerous digestive issues.
Therefore, if you have leftovers, you better freeze them instead of keeping them in the fridge.
According to the Center for Food Safety, you should store the leftover vegetables at 40°F or freeze them if you store them for a longer time.
If kept at a room temperature, beets, celery, lettuce, and spinach accumulate nitrates, which might lead to a rare blood disorder in children known as methemoglobinemia.
Studies have found that reheated foods which have been cooked in vegetable oils can lead to a higher risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease.
Namely, the reheating of polyunsaturated oils which have linoleic acid (canola, corn oil, sunflower oil) releases HNE (4-hydroxy- trans-2-nonenal) which is a toxin from the fatty acids that lead to health issues, including liver problems, heart disease, some types of cancer, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s.