Turns out not all foods are made to be reheated. In fact, doing so can can actually cause you to be very, very sick.
These are the six foods experts recommend you think carefully about before packing them into your lunch bag.
Oh, leftover Chinese takeaway, how we will miss you so.
The problem here? The variation in temperature encourages bacteria growth.
“Uncooked rice can contain spores of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive… Then, if the rice is left standing at room temperature, the spores will multiply and may produce poisons that cause vomiting or diarrhoea. Reheating the rice won’t get rid of these poisons,” advises Food Standards Australia (FSA).
If you must, the FSA recommends reheating all food rapidly to at least 70 degrees and holding it at that temperature or hotter for at least two minutes to minimise the risk.
It’s common knowledge that poultry, in particular chicken, carries a high risk of salmonella if not prepared or cooked properly.
When reheating in the microwave, not all sections of the food are penetrated equally meaning varying temperatures can encourage bacteria growth.
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As a protein-dense food, the proteins also break down differently when reheated which can upset the stomach.
We'll be rethinking our chicken lunches. Image: iStock
It's a similar story for mushrooms, sadly. The proteins deteriorate as soon as they're cut up and reheating 'em will exacerbate this and potentially cause some painful stomach issues.
According to the European Food Council, there's a way round it if you can't bear to think of missing out on that leftover mushroom risotto.
"If they are stored in a fridge and for not more 24 hours, it is in general no problem to reheat mushrooms again at recommended temperatures of 70 C," their guide states. Thanks guys, we'll take it. (Post continues after gallery.)