Be careful; Reheating these leftover food items can cause health issues

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Leftover foods can be a boon to both your budget and your time. They’re also an excellent technique to reduce food waste.

Whatever be the case, health experts feel that one should avoid reheating food because the chemical change in food due to reheating often leads to food poisoning and food-borne diseases.

“Once the food is reheated, somewhere it loses its nutritional value because you are heating it beyond the point it is meant to be cooked, so it is obvious that it will either harm the body or will be useless,” according to the health experts.

Spinach and green vegetables: If there are leftover cooked spinach or any other green vegetables then they should not be reheated before eating it the next day. Actually, spinach is high in iron, and when reheated, it becomes oxidized. The oxidation of iron raises the risk of a variety of diseases.

Rice: Some spores can be found in uncooked rice, and they can also be found in cooked rice. But they are not harmful to the body. These spores are transformed into bacteria when the rice is cooked and left at room temperature for a long time.  After this, when these bacteria enter your body, you get food poisoning.

Eggs: Eggs are high in protein, but when eggs are repeatedly exposed to heat, it starts getting damaged. In this case, it is recommended that eggs be consumed as quickly as possible after cooking. If you want to eat them, then you can eat them cold. Heating the nitrogen present with the protein can be a cause of cancer.

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Chicken: Do not reheat the chicken. Due to repeated heating of the chicken the protein composition in it changes completely. In addition, eating reheated chicken wreaks havoc on your digestive system.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are recommended to be eaten fresh as soon after cooking. Mushrooms should never be refrigerated and consumed the next day since they contain several substances that are damaging to your digestive system when reheated. If a mushroom item isn’t consumed all at once, eat it cold the next time you use it instead of heating it.

How long food can keep depends on a few factors, including its preparation, storage, and how easily it spoils. Pregnant women, those over the age of 65, and those with weakened immune systems should be extremely cautious with leftovers since they are at the greatest risk of getting food poisoning.

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