Is heating rice dangerous?

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Is heating rice dangerous?


Some people claim that reheating rice can make you sick. On the one hand, it's true, reheated rice can cause food poisoning, but reheating itself isn't that bad. The method of storing rice plays a decisive role.

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Food poisoning due to Bacillus cereus

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Uncooked rice may contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Germs can survive when you cook rice, and if the dish is left at room temperature, the spores can grow into bacteria. As the bacteria multiply, they can produce toxins that cause vomiting or diarrhea.

The longer cooked rice stays at room temperature, the greater the risk of food poisoning. Therefore, keeping rice in the refrigerator is very important.

Bacteria can also be found in other dishes that have been stored too long and not cold enough, such as pasta dishes, high-protein foods, sauces and desserts.

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Symptoms of food poisoning

If you eat rice containing Bacillus cereus bacteria, you will initially feel nauseous. After at least half an hour and a maximum of 6 hours, she will start vomiting and then diarrhea will occur. The symptoms are very annoying, but fortunately they are relatively short in duration. After about 24 to 48 hours you will feel better again.

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Tips for serving rice safely

  • Ideally, serve the rice immediately after it is cooked.
  • If this is not possible, let the rice cool as quickly as possible (preferably within one hour).
  • Do not store rice in the refrigerator for more than one day until you reheat it.
  • When reheating rice, always check to see if it is fully heated.
  • Do not reheat rice more than once.

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Last updated: March 2024

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