9 Ways to Safely Heat Up Your Food

Use these tricks and tips to prevent yourself from unwanted chemicals and foodborne illness.

9 Ways to Safely Heat Up Your Food

By Toni Gasparis

Microwaves are super handy tools to heat up leftovers when you're in a rush. But microwaving foods in plastic containers can be super harmful to your health. Plastic containers that are labeled microwave safe-only guarantee that they will not melt in the microwave. However, the chemicals in the plastic can still leach onto your food when it's warming up. Use these tips to make sure you're heating up your food the healthy way.


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Let Your Hot Food Sit Before Eating

It's important to let your food sit out for three minutes after it has been microwaved. According to the USDA "Microwaves cause water, fat, and sugar molecules to vibrate 2.5 million times per second, producing heat. After the oven is off or food is removed from the oven, the molecules continue to generate heat as they come to a standstill...For that reason, directions may advise to let a food "rest" for a few minutes after turning off the oven or removing food from the oven." Letting the food stand also means you allow it to finish cooking and heating up to avoid foodborne illness.

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