If you are like most humans, then you've probably caught yourself reheating food in the microwave. Although there are various reasons for doing so, there are some foods you should never reheat and here's why.

I'm reminded of a line in the song, "Eat It." This was a song that came out in 1984 and was a spoof from Michael Jackson's actual song, "Beat It", written and sung by Weird Al Yankovic.

In the song, there is a line that says, "If it's gettin' cold reheat it." Great line for a song that is telling the listener to just 'eat it.'

However, just like all humans are not created equal, all foods are not equally good for reheating in the microwave.

Sorry, Weird Al, but these 5 foods are dishes that should not be reheated.

Here are 5 food that should not be reheated in the microwave. 



  • 1

    POTATOES - A County Staple

    Living in Northern New England, potatoes are a main staple in this part of the country. However, nuking potatoes is not a good idea. According to Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, the gold of the County can be a bad breeding ground for something called Clostridium botulinum. That's a fancy name for what we know as 'botulism.' And that's bad. Botulism can take place if you don't refrigerate potatoes after cooking them. And a 45-second nuke job in the microwave won't kill it.

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    Who doesn't love a good omelet, right? If you don't reheat eggs long enough it can really cause problems on your stomach. The FDA recommends a heating temperature of 165 degrees before they're served. Another thing to remember about eggs. You don't want to leave eggs out for more than two hours. If so, you risk bacteria growing on them, which can happen pretty quick if left out in temperatures on or over 90 degrees.

  • 3


    How in the world could rice not be microwaved? Well, they can, but shouldn't. Here's why. According to Britain's FSA, digestive stress potentially awaits those who leave their rice out or who allow rice to linger in the fridge for longer than a day. 'Digestive stress' can result in vomiting and diarrhea and reheating won't kill the bacteria.

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    Unannounced to many, I guess reheating chicken in the microwave is not a good idea...at all. According to The Mirror, reheating cold chicken in the microwave can cause its protein composition to change. That means you could experience some serious digestive problems.

  • 5

    TOOTHPICKS - What?

    I know that toothpicks aren't a food, but we do use them to hold food like sandwiches together. The thing about toothpicks is that they are pointed and sharp. What's this got to do with the microwave? Well, it could be a potential fire hazard, for one. The point on the toothpick can cause arching and that's not a good thing.