After huge meal we all pack the leftovers and use them for the next day. They are practical and still tasty when reheated. However, we need to avoid this habit when certain foods are concerned as some of them may harm our health at least that is what experts claim.

According to them consuming reheated foods can damage the health and because of that we need to avoid the following four leftovers:

1. Chicken

This meal has plenty of protein and once reheated its composition changes to a dangerous one. You can reheat cold chicken if the meat inside is still hot. It is important if you use microwave because sometimes it does not heat the meals evenly. You need to know that chicken meat can be eaten for up to two days.


2. Rice

According to the Food Standard Agency storing the rice leftovers is very important so it won`t damage your health. The uncooked rice has spores of bacteria that are harmful and which can survive after the first cooking. Left on room temperature the spores multiply and eating the rice can cause digestive problems. It`s better to eat the rice at once or freeze it because the spores can survive even the reheating process.

3. Vegetable oil

Reheating the meals that are prepared with vegetable oils is very dangerous and it is linked to an increased risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. The reheating of polyunsaturated oils that contain linoleic acid (corn oil, sunflower oil and canola) releases HNE (4-hydroxy- trans-2-nonenal) which is a toxin from the fatty acids that harm the health. It has been linked to some types of cancer, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, liver problems and heart disease. The vegetable oil should be used only once and never reheated.

4. Vegetables

Reheating the vegetables can be fatal for you. They should always be stored at -4 C and if you need to store them for a longer time, then you should freeze them. They can cause many problems when stored to a room temperature, especially celery, beets, lettuce and spinach. Some studies have shown that nitrate found in vegetables can cause methemoglobinemia. It is a very rare blood disorder that appears in children and it has many symptoms, such as, fatigue, shortness of breath and seizures.