6 foods you should not reheat in the microwave
Modernity has brought undeniable contributions to our practical life, and this includes many facilities in the kitchen. If before people needed a lot of salt to conserve food, today the refrigerator does not leave us in the hand, and often the food made at dinner time becomes the lunch the next day.
This reuse of food is quite practical, even because we can carry a ready lunch for work and thus fail to spend good money at lunch.
The question that does not always concern us is whether it is healthy to reheat these foods and if there is a right way to do it – let’s face it: most people are accustomed to leaving the microwave oven that task of turning yesterday’s food into Hot meal today, is not it?
Unfortunately, even if the microwave is part of the items that make life easier for people today, not every kind of food should be reheated in this type of oven, you know.
If you have the habit of using the microwave frequently, stay connected in the following information and learn what types of food should be heated in another way:
1. Boiled eggs
The problem is not in reheating the egg that was previously cooked, but in the way we do it.
The microwave oven has the ability to make food very hot, even inside, and the danger with boiled egg is that, after removing it from reheating, it can simply explode and cause serious burns. To ensure safety, cut the egg in half before reheating.
2. Breast milk
Many women drain their breasts and freeze the milk so their babies already have ready-made food available. The problem of using the microwave to defrost and heat the milk is again the temperature, since the oven can end up heating the regions of the bottle unevenly, creating hot spots that can burn the baby’s mouth and throat.
In addition, reheating plastic materials is an activity not recommended because of the carcinogenic factors present in this type of material. The recommendation is to defrost the milk and reheat it in a water bath or using hot tap water, if any. You can also leave the frozen bottle of gravy in a bowl of warm water.
3. Processed meat
This type of food contains chemicals and preservatives to last longer. By heating meats processed in the microwave, we can end up exposing ourselves to dangerous chemical elements, such as oxidized cholesterol.
It has already been proven that the rewarming of this type of protein is associated with the development of some heart diseases, so it is interesting to avoid this process.
Here’s an item that almost everyone has reheated in the microwave, right? Unfortunately, this could end up causing food infections, due to a bacterium present in this type of food, Bacillus cereus.
Microwave heat kills bacteria, but it can remove toxic substances that are very resistant to heat. When the rice comes out of the microwave and is exposed again to the natural temperature, these toxic substances end up increasing a lot and can cause great intoxication with the presence of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. The ideal is to reheat the rice and then keep it above 60ºC.
It is necessary to understand that the heat of the microwave oven does not always kill bacteria and that food more susceptible to them must always be reheated on the stove. Chicken, for example, may be contaminated with salmonella, and its preparation should involve a lot of care: it is necessary to cook the meat completely and, when it comes to reheating, to use the stove.
6. Green leaves
If you have stored what is left of your braised cabbage to eat the next day, prefer to reheat this item on the gas stove. The microwave transforms natural nitrates from green leaves, which are great for health, into nutrosamines, which are carcinogenic substances. The same goes for the beets.
Now that you know this foods, just protect your family and yourself by heeding to the right types of food you should microwave, and those you should never.
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