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Food kept in the fridge between two and four hours is safe to eat. But afterwards, it should be heated only once, the UK Food Standards Agency shared the secret to making sure you eat safely.
When it’s time for suhoor, you’re more likely to reheat a plate of leftovers. But did you know that you are more likely to fall ill if you heat up the wrong food?
According to the agency, the secret of safe food is in the four Cs: cooking, cleaning, chilling and cross-contamination.
A senior food awareness officer at Dubai Municipality explained that certain foods can cause food poisoning if they are either exposed to too much heat, or not heated high enough.
Food should be heated at over 63 degrees Celsius, as they become active between five and 60 degrees Celsius, according to Zubair to prevent bacteria from growing.
Top 5 foods that can make you ill if not heated properly:
It contains a high proportion of iron, in the form of nitrates. The healthy nitrates turn into toxic nitrites when reheated, and pose a health risk.
Contains a high amount of protein that may cause indigestion if it has been heated up after a day or more.
Must be eaten on the same day they are prepared and cooked, and should not be reheated up because of the complexity found in its protein-rich composition.
As with mushrooms, potatoes contain moisture and should not be reheated carelessly. If left unrefrigerated, there is a chance for bacteria to grow, which get activated when heated up and can cause food poisoning.
Should be thoroughly heated at high temperatures, otherwise, bacteria will quickly grow. And remember, do not leave cooked eggs or egg dishes out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.