These leftover foods are good for your health; why waste it?
Leftovers can come in very handy, and surprisingly have health benefits that you may have been unaware of because of some chemical reactions that occur when left overnight, scientists have discovered, trim waists and improves health of skin. Here is a list of leftover foods that are good for you.
Rice, when chilled overnight, loses up to 60% more calories than freshly cooked. However, the American Chemical Society states that for maximum benefit, you have to cook the rice in a proper way. Add coconut oil - about 3% of the weight of the rice- while cooking and refrigerate it for 12 hours. The process changes the starch into resistant starch, which the human body cannot digest. That being said, scientists' have also cautioned that certain bacteria, like the bacillus cereus bacteria can survive cooking. Commonly found on rice, this bacteria naturally germinates in cold temperature and produces a neurotoxin that leads to food poisoning.
Not only does the cooking process immediately increase a carrot’s levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants by 34%, those levels keep rising for a few days afterwards. So eat them as leftovers and they’ll be even better for you.
Much like wine, the longer the cheese age, the lactose content of it decreases making it easier to digest, and in turn making you less prone to stomach aches, bloating or even diarrhoea.
Vegetables like garlic and onion with insoluble fibre cause issues like irritable bowel syndrome. Overcooking such vegetables will soften the fibre that causes bloating. Reheating helps to soften them further.
The thing about indigestible starch in cooked potatoes is that once cooled it jumps from 7% to 13%. This is said to help fight against colon cancer, reduce fat storage and prevent constipation. And since it does not switch to regular starch upon reheating, your best bet is to sauté it and make a nice dry Indian potato dish or have it as a potato salad.
Keeping red meat overnight, helps the meat become softer and more easily digestible than previously. It is especially good for those suffering from anaemia.
Reheated pasta behaves more like high-fibre food and hence will reduce chances of putting on weight. It will also reduce the increase of sugar level by half and hence lower the chances of developing diabetes. Researchers reveal that freshly cooked pasta can contribute to conditions like Type 2 diabetes. So, if you are a pasta lover make sure to have only the leftover dish.