We all tend to store some food whenever we are left with some from lunch or dinner. Those leftovers can be used for the following and we all reheat it. But, some of you probably don’t know that some leftover food should never be reheated because it can affect our health seriously.
4 Foods Which Shouldn’t be Used as Leftovers
Remember never to reheat meals which have been cooked with vegetable oils. This is so because when the vegetable oils, such as corn oil, sunflower oil, and canola, contain linoleic acid. These are polyunsaturated oils which are associated with stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Moreover, when reheated release HNE (4-hydroxy- trans-2-nonenal), which is a type of toxin from the fatty acids. Due to these toxins, these oils increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease and liver problems.
Reheating the vegetables or storing them improperly can be fatal. The Center for Food Safety says that the leftover vegetables need to be stored at -40 C and if you need to store the vegetables for longer period, freeze them. Celery, lettuce, beets and spinach have high levels of nitrates that accumulate if the vegetables are exposed to a room temperature. Nitrate can cause a rare blood disorder in children called methemoglobinemia, which causes symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath and seizures.
The problem with eating leftover rice mainly stems from the way it is stored. According to the Food Standards Agency, uncooked rice may contain spores of harmful bacteria that survive through 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.
Reheating the rice doesn’t help, as these are spores that are able to survive even boiling hot temperatures. 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 after you are finished with it. Don’t let it sit at room temperature for longer than an hour, as the longer it is left out the more these dangerous spores will spread.
Chicken contains proteins that react negatively when reheated. When cold chicken is heated for the second time, the protein composition changes, which can lead to digestive problems. If you must reheat your chicken, make sure that it is completely cooked, and the inside is steaming hot. To use leftover chicken without having to reheat it put it in a cold salad or on a cold sandwich.