Why You Should Never, Ever Eat Leftover Rice!

We all know that rice is one of the most versatile foods around—it’s filling, fluffy, and delicious! So it’s no wonder that half of the world’s population considers it to be a dietary staple. Though we certainly love to incorporate it in as many meals as we can, it has recently come to our attention that, when not handled properly, it can make you very ill.

But before we dive into this lesser-known problem, let’s first clear up one popular myth that seems to be making its way around the Internet. According to the National Health Service UK, simply reheating rice will not cause you to get sick; the problem lies in how some of us choose to store it.

You see, once rice is fully-cooked and ready to be consumed, it should never, EVER sit out at room temperature, the reason being that rice may come jam-packed with spores called the Bacillius cereus bacteria, and they aren’t pretty.

If the stuff doesn’t agree with you, you could be dealing with some pretty nasty 24-hour food poisoning in the form of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Of course, if your dried rice is not cooked completely, then you should never be eating it in the first place! In fact, for the bacteria to be completely “cooked out”, the rice should reach at least 212°F. Simply put, if you sense any stiffness or crunch, it’s best to put it back in that pan.

Now, if you ever happen to notice rice sitting out for long periods of a time at a restaurant, or if your scoop tastes cold, or just plain old, then it’s best that you skip it.

close-up of rice in a glass dish

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