After huge meal we all pack the leftovers and use them for the next day. They are practical and still tasty when reheated. However, we need to avoid this habit when certain foods are concerned as some of them may harm our health at least that is what experts claim.
According to them consuming reheated foods can damage the health and because of that we need to avoid the following four leftovers:
This meal has plenty of protein and once reheated its composition changes to a dangerous one. You can reheat cold chicken if the meat inside is still hot. It is important if you use microwave because sometimes it does not heat the meals evenly. You need to know that chicken meat can be eaten for up to two days.
If you desire a healthy body, then you should store the rice accordingly. The Food Standard Agency states that uncooked rice contains spores of harmful bacteria that can survive the first cooking process. So, if it is stored at room temperature, the spores will multiply and trigger many digestive issues. Likewise, the spores can survive the reheating process, and because of that it is best to eat it all. If you still wish to use the leftovers freeze them instead of storing them in the fridge.
- Vegetable oil
Reheating vegetable oil is extremely dangerous, and because of that never reheat vegetable oil, it must be used only once. The same thing applies for meals prepared with vegetable oils as it is related to an increased risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. To be more specific, the reheating of polyunsaturated oils that contain linoleic acid (canola, corn oil, and sunflower oil) releases HNE (4-hydroxy- trans-2-nonenal) which is a toxin from the fatty acids that can damage the health. Likewise, it has been related to some types of cancer, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, liver issues and heart disease.
It is extremely dangerous to reheat vegetables or store them inadequately. According to the Center for Food Safety the leftover vegetables have to be stored at 250F and if you do not use them very soon, it is better to freeze them.
Beets, spinach, celery and lettuce have high levels of nitrates which buildup if they are kept at room temperature. Nitrate can cause a rare blood disorder in children known as methemoglobinemia, which triggers symptoms such as shortness of breath, seizures and fatigue.