4 food items you should never reheat

- Rooplekha Das

While people often reheat leftovers for convenience, not all foods react well to this process. In addition to losing taste and texture, they can also harm your health.


Potatoes kept at room temperature cause the growth of a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. If they’re reheated, the bacteria multiply, increasing the chances of complications like botulism.


Rice contains a bacteria called Bacillus cereus that multiplies at room temperature. Reheating doesn’t destroy this pathogen completely. Hence, it’s best to have rice shortly after it’s cooked.


Mushrooms are porous, making them ideal for bacterial growth. Reheating them can cause some proteins to break down and produce toxins, setting the stage for stomach issues.

Leafy greens

Reheating leafy greens leads to a loss of essential nutrients. Additionally, their quality, taste and freshness diminish. Hence, they’re best eaten raw or lightly cooked.

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