Reheating food is a way of life for many Africans, and can be traced as far back to the times of our fore-parents. Although our fore-fathers didn’t have to reheat every left-over meal, some were simply served cold.
But for the 21st-century or modern woman/man, almost every food is reheated, especially with the advent of the microwave oven. Be it a night left over meal or a call to clean out the fridge, we know how to to turn a leftover into a whole new meal.
But research has shown that reheating some of your favorite foods can be dangerous to your health, especially if they were stored incorrectly beforehand. Below are list of some of the foods you shouldn’t reheat.
Meals that contain eggs are generally fine to reheat as long as you make sure they are steaming hot but reheating this protein when it is boiled or scrambled can be toxic, and can wreak havoc in your digestive system.
How this staple food is stored before heating is very important. According to the Food Standards Agency,
“Uncooked rice can contain spores of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive and if the rice is left standing at room temperature, the spores will multiply and may produce poisons that cause vomiting or diarrhoea. Thus, you can get food poisoning by re-heating it and the longer you leave rice to stand in room temperature the more of a danger it poses to your and your health.”
When potatoes are left to cool down at room temperature without refrigerating immediately, the warm temperatures promote the growth of botulism, a rare bacteria, which can’t be killed with a quick zap in the microwave, so it’s best to refrigerate them immediately to avoid problems associated with reheating.
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This is another food you could get into health trouble by reheating. This is because the protein composition of this food actually changes when cold or refrigerated. When chicken is heated for the second time, it can cause digestive troubles, so if you must reheat your chicken, make sure that it’s thoroughly cooked; the inside should be steaming hot.
In general, mushrooms should be eaten and finished right after preparation. Proteins can deteriorate as soon as you cut them up, and that is not good news for your belly.