When it comes to leftovers, many people will understandably reheat food as not to waste it. What most people fail to realize is that some food should never be reheated. The reason is that some reheated foods are actually dangerous to the consumer’s health. That’s because some of them lose their nutritional value, some will change their makeup and others become deadly.
With that in mind, what foods should you never reheat?
1 – Chicken
Most people will reheat chicken, without batting an eyelash about it. However, chicken’s high concentration of protein can result in digestive problems when it’s reheated. If you can “stomach” it, try eating it cold. If you do want to reheat chicken, do it at a low temperature for an extended period of time.
2 – Eggs
When eggs are exposed to high temperatures, they become toxic. Never reheat scrambled eggs or boiled eggs, as they can cause your stomach to become upset. This doesn’t relate to foods that have eggs as an ingredient such as cakes, brownies. It applies to scrambled eggs or where eggs are the key ingredient.
3 – Mushrooms
Mushrooms need to be eaten right after they’re prepared. The protein makeup of this vegetable can alter significantly within a day, causing similar digestive issues that are seen with reheated chicken. On top of the digestive problems they can cause, they don’t keep the same nutritional value.
4 – Potatoes
Potatoes are very good for you with their extremely high dietary value – even though the potato has 26 grams of carbohydrates. However, the longer they remain out, the less their worth in nutritional value. If they sit out too long, they can become deadly. Remember, the starch in potatoes is what maintains fullness.
The high nitrate level in beets is actually a good thing, but avoided reheating them. Why? Nitrates turn into nitrites, which is a carcinogenic to humans. As soon as beets are done cooking, they need to be removed from the heat. If you have leftover beets, eat them cold.
6 – Turnips
Like beets, turnips have nitrates in them. If you cook them, don’t reheat them. Of course, it’s just best to consume them when cold.
7 – Celery
Like turnips and beets, celery also has a high concentration level of nitrates. People often add celery to their soups or similar foods, which is fine for the initial dining. However, if you plan on having leftovers, it’s a good idea to reheat the food after you remove the celery pieces.
8 – Spinach
Spinach is another vegetable with a high concentration of nitrates. And, when this food is reheated, the whole spinach becomes one nitrate and harmful to the consumer. In fact, this food reheated can eventually cause cancer.
Interesting Side Note: Many people may say it’s not a good idea to reheat rice. There’s been some back and forth on this. The situation with rice is that yes, it can give you a stomachache when reheated but that’s generally due to people’s lack of storing it properly in the first place. If you have leftover rice, make sure you store it quickly in your refrigerator so it can cool. Most folks just leave it on stove or bowl to cool down before storage. That’s a big no no!
Many times, people don’t think about the foods they’re reheating. They just think “I don’t want to waste this food”. However, it’s important you understand what reheating some foods can do to your body if you’re to keep it in good working order. Save yourself the suffering and remember the above list of foods that should never… ever… be reheated whatsoever.