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6 Leftovers That Can Make You Sick

6 Leftovers That Can Make You Sick
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By    |   Friday, 18 January 2019 10:31 AM

You’re in a hurry to eat something, reach in the fridge, and see tasty leftovers. The perfect solution to an easy meal? Not so fast.

Eating some leftovers can make you sick, say experts. Here are some foods that you are better off not eating:

  • Chicken. Sure, you’ve probably already had this as a leftover meal and have been fine, but you were courting danger. That’s because while technically it’s OK to reheat chicken, you must make sure the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees Fahrenheit on every part, according to thisisinsider.com, which notes you need a cooking thermometer to be safer. If you don’t reheat it correctly, chicken can harbor bacteria that will give you food poisoning.
  • Eggs. If they’ve been sitting around for even a short amount of time, say one hour in hot weather, two hours in cooler weather, then don’t reheat them, says the FDA. Salmonella is the biggest risk here.
  • Oily Foods. The problem is that oily foods reheated in the microwave can produce dangerous toxins, says Livestrong. Different oils have different thresholds. If you really don’t want to toss those fries, reheat them in the oven, slowly.
  • Potatoes. When cooked potatoes are left to cool too long, they become the perfect place for the bacteria that causes botulism to grow, according to Reader's Digest. Microwaving them won’t solve the problem either. Foil-wrapped potatoes are particularly bad to reheat.
  • Buffet Food. You weren’t really going to reheat this, were you? Don’t! Buffet food isn’t kept hot enough to kill microbes that grow as the food sits out, says Reader's Digest.
  • Seafood. Bacteria multiplies on seafood not kept between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, says Reader's Digest. If it sits out more than an hour your chances of getting sick are very high. Don’t risk it, says experts.

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