Be Careful With Leftover Rice

Jerry Rice, the Hall of Fame wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, has three Super Bowl rings and more records than Frank Sinatra (almost). He's also known for his demanding off-season workouts that contributed to his performance and durability throughout his 20-year career.

Rice, the whole grain, is known for its durability and performance, too. After harvesting, it can be stored for months, and a single cup delivers 15% of the niacin, 21% of the magnesium and 88% of the manganese you need every day. Plus, a little over 2 pounds of uncooked rice can feed 25 people. No wonder it's a staple food for half the world's population.

But Great Britain's National Health Service recently issued a warning: You need to be careful about how, and for how long, you store rice once it's cooked. They discovered that leftover cooked rice can give you food poisoning.

Here's how that happens: Uncooked rice may contain spores of Bacillus cereus, which can survive the cooking process. When rice is left out even for a little while after cooking, the bacteria can multiply and produce toxins that will make you sick. You may experience nausea and diarrhea one to five hours after eating the rice; symptoms usually last about 24 hours. Even if you put it in the fridge as soon as mealtime is over, you should use it up within 24 hours and reheat it only once. So enjoy, but don't count on using leftovers.

© 2019 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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