Is reheated leftover food safe to eat?

19 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Is reheated leftover food safe to eat?

When it comes to modern lifestyle, there are certain practices that are very common. And one of them is – reheating the food. Sometimes we do it because of the time constraint to cook fresh food for every meal and there are days we have leftover. Whatever be the case, 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. Read to know what happens when you reheat food every time.

Why you should not reheat food?

Food is filled with good bacteria, that when reheated may cause food poisoning and lead to food-borne diseases as well. For instance, rice contains spores of a bacterium and they survive even after the rice is cooked. When left out at room temperature these spores grow into bacteria and when reheated they become toxic that may cause vomiting and diarrhoea. Similarly, green leafy vegetables like spinach, celery are rich in iron and nitrates and when reheated these nitrates can turn into nitrites and your food may thus develop carcinogenic elements. So, keeping these reactions in mind, it is suggested to avoid reheating certain food items.

Foods you should never reheat

The list of foods that experts believe should not be reheated are potatoes, chicken, rice, mushroom, egg, celery and beetroot.

Expert’s take

Chef Priyank from Bengaluru believes that no food should be reheated. He justifies, “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.”

What’s the solution?

It is suggested to cook food in limited quantity so that there is no leftover. In case, you are left with some extra food, either consume it without reheating or give it to the needy. Make sure that the leftover is kept in a closed container or in a refrigerator.       — Times of India