6 Foods That Should Not Be Left Overnight
There are some foods you don’t want to waste, so you decide to save them overnight for use the next day. Be careful! Here's a list of foods you should not keep overnight, as they could be harmful to your health, even if you keep them in the refrigerator.
Food: Safe to Save or Throw Away?
If you leave green tea overnight, it will lose all its protein and vitamins. Dangerously, it produces more bacteria, fungi-breeding nutrients which will harm your health. Don’t drink the previous day's green tea!
Mushroom soup is highly nutritious, but twelve hours will reduce the nutrients and produce many harmful components. Cooked mushrooms contain nitrates which are good for red blood cells, but after one night, the nitrates will change into nitrites which are not good for your body.
If not fully cooked, don't eat eggs left overnight. Egg yolks can easily be contaminated and therefore harmful to health. They can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, flatulence, and other gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and bloating.
However, if the eggs have been cooked, sealed properly, and kept in the refrigerator, they can generally be stored without problem for 48 hours.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Dark, green leafy vegetables contain lot of nitrates. If cooked and leftover to eat the next day, they promote the decomposition of bacteria and the nitrate will be changed into nitrite, which may increase cancer risk.
Mixed salads have many ingredients such as dressing, vinegar, dried fruits, etc. Even if you save it in the refrigerator for the next day, the salad could be prone mold and pose a health risk.
Fish, shellfish, and oysters should not be left overnight if it is steamed or grilled. The next day, fish and seafood are prone to protein degradation and can damage liver and kidney function.
Now you know the list.
Try not to make too much of these foods so you don't have to throw it away!