Rice, the world's staple food, has been around for centuries, and yet people still have a lot of questions surrounding how to exactly cook it, how long to leave it out for, and whether they should reheat it at all.
You may not often hear about rice going bad, but it's actually a thing.
Most people tend to attribute their sickness to other ingredients mixed in with the rice, when often it's the rice that's the reason why they're getting sick.
If rice isn't prepared right, it could lead to food poisoning symptoms, and something known as "fried rice syndrome."
Last month, a Texas woman spent eight days in intensive care after getting sick from eating fried rice at a Chinese buffet.
When fried rice dishes are left sitting at room temperatures for hours, a bacteria known as bacillus cereus starts to form, which can lead to food poisoning symptoms in healthy people, and potentially lethal symptoms for people with a weak immune system.
Now food experts are warning that reheating rice can have negative impacts on your health too...
Leftovers are great, because it means you don't have to spend time cooking another meal.
But when it comes to rice, you have to be very careful when reheating it.
Food safety experts warn that it's not particularly reheating rice that is the main cause for concern, it's the way rice has been stored.
Rice that's left standing at room temperature for too long can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can make you very sick.
"Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. The spores can survive when rice is cooked," the NHS wrote on their website.
They added that the longer rice is left out, the "more likely it is that the bacteria or toxins could make the rice unsafe to eat."
People show symptoms of this bacteria only a few hours after contracting it. Symptoms usually last for a day, but people with a weak immune system may suffer from longer.
Here's how to serve rice safely to avoid getting sick:
1. Don't cool rice in the fridge. Let it cool (ideally within an hour) and then refrigerate.
2. Keep rice in the fridge for no more than one day.
3. When reheating rice, always check to make sure the dish is steaming hot.
4. And never, ever reheat rice more than once.
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[H/T: Daily Mirror]