Daily Fit 07/09/2019: Never Microwave These 5 Foods

Never microwave these 5 foods

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Health Tip Of The Day: Avoid using the microwave to reheat staple foods like chicken, rice, eggs and more to shield yourself from harmful chemicals.

Why it’s important.

We know the microwave is a quick and easy option when it comes to reheating leftovers at the end of a long day. But it’s best to reheat certain foods without using the microwave because these foods may emit chemical properties that are harmful to your health if reheated with this method, according to the Food Standards Agency. The foods include staples like chicken, rice, eggs and more unusual ones like celery. When reheating chicken it’s very important that you do so until it’s piping hot all the way through and not just warm, which can be hard to do with a microwave. This will ensure that any harmful bacteria that may have developed in the food — which can happen even after you cooked it the first time — gets destroyed. Likewise, you should always take celery out of dishes before reheating them because this veggie contains nitrates that can turn toxic when microwaved.

Better alternatives.

Instead of relying on the microwave, you can safely reheat your dinner using the stove, oven or broiler — and chances are your leftovers will taste even better. Meats are best reheated in the oven at 250 to 300 degrees. It’ll only take you 10 to 15 minutes and it’s totally worth it. Make sure to cut your meat before reheating it so that it can heat up evenly and all the way through. Veggies (including celery) and sauces are best reheated on the stove. Reheat over medium-to-low heat and add a little butter or oil to the pan. Click through for more foods you should avoid reheating in the microwave. [Swirled]

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