It is a common kitchen ritual to reheat food in the microwave. Although we are aware of the dangers of reheating certain types of containers, some foods can also pose threats when heated the wrong way.
To prevent digestive problems and other health issues, don’t reheat these foods in the microwave.
The way potatoes are stored before you reheat them is very essential. According to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, potatoes can be a breeding ground of botulism or Clostridium botulinum if they aren’t immediately stored in the refrigerator after you’re done eating. Even a minute in the microwave won’t kill these microorganisms, so store your potatoes properly.
The danger posed by eggs is not that reheating them changes their protein structure, making them toxic. But doing so increases your risk of having an upset stomach if you do not reheat eggs long enough.
According to Food and Drug Administration, the eggs you’re reheating should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees before you can consume them. Unless a food thermometer is available, it is best to skip reheating eggs in the microwave.
FDA also warns not to leave cooked eggs or egg dishes out of the fridge for over two hours or more than an hour if temperatures are above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s because bacteria that cause illness quickly grow at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Who would’ve thought that you should reheat chicken in the microwave? According to The Mirror, reheating chicken in the microwave causes the meat’s protein composition to change. Doing so will lead to upset stomach or other digestive issues.
It is best to consume fresh mushrooms right away after preparation as the proteins in them can quickly deteriorate. It is also important to note that if you store mushrooms you just prepared in the fridge for less than 24 hours, it is still safe to eat them after reheated at 158 degrees Fahrenheit.
The way you store rice before reheating it is also important. According to Food Standards Agency, rice that is hanging out in the fridge for more than 24 hours or left out for longer than an hour can create digestive problems.
“Uncooked rice can contain spores of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive,” FSA said. “Then, if the rice is left standing at room temperature, the spores will multiply and may produce poisons that cause vomiting or diarrhoea (sic). Reheating the rice won’t get rid of these poisons.”
Spinach, Celery, and Beets
These three vegetables have a high concentration of nitrates that can become carcinogenic when reheated.
“Nitrate itself is totally harmless, but it can be converted to nitrites, and then to nitrosamines, some of which are known to be carcinogenic. Enzymes present in bacteria convert nitrate to nitrite,” the EFIC notes. “This happens especially when spinach is heated, stored and then later reheated. Nitrite itself is a harmless compound, but it should be avoided by infants of up to six months.”
Besides that, EFIC also mentioned that nitrate could impede the hemoglobin in your blood from carrying oxygen.
Stay Safe When Reheating Food in the Microwave
You can reduce risks of digestive problems and other health conditions by staying safe when reheating food in the microwave. If the food is not properly reheated or cooked, take your time to cook it for longer. Consider dividing the food into smaller quantities for thorough reheating.
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