When you are pregnant, it is important to be aware of all the risks when it comes to the nutrition, health and safety of your body and your baby.
It is possible to eat reheated rice, and in fact there are dishes that use cooked rice as an ingredient, such as fried rice. However, care needs to be taken as there is a risk of food poisoning unless a few simple preparation rules have been followed.
The risk is not in the cooking or the reheating of the rice but more how it is cooled and stored in between. The longer cooked rice is left at room temperature, the higher the risk.
If you do get food poisoning from reheated rice you may experience vomiting and/or diarrhea within 1-5 hours, and the symptoms usually last about 24 hours.
To ensure you minimize the risk, follow these simple preparation rules:
- Cool the cooked rice as quickly as possible, ideally within one hour. You can speed the process by spreading it out thinly or running under cold water.
- As soon as the rice has cooled, store it in an airtight plastic container in the fridge
- Use cooked rice within one day
- When reheating ensure the temperature of the rice is taken back to piping hot
- Never reheat rice more than once
By following these preparation guidelines you will be able to enjoy your favorite fried rice dish with no problems and avoid the risk of food poisoning.