Chances are, you’ve heated up a meal yourself. It’s easy, saves money and usually tastes good as well. The fact that it’s dangerous, is not something we consider. However, after reading this story, you’ll think twice before heating up another meal.
In 2008, the Newspaper of Clinical Microbiology was able to determine a fatal accident for the first time, after a 20-year-old guy from Brussels had eaten his dinner. How this could have happened, can be read in this special but sad story.
On the YouTube channel of Doctor Bernard, over 10 years later, the death of this young man was re-examined. Partly due to the shocking conclusion, the accompanying video has been viewed millions of times.
One day, a student from Belgium came home after a long and hard day at the university, he heated a meal in his microwave, as he often did. Nothing out of the ordinary, one would think. Side note: the spaghetti had been kept outside of the refrigerator for five days.
The student ate his pasta and then went to the gym, as he often did. This, however, he could not keep up for long. Only an hour later, he returned home due to extreme nausea, cramps and headaches. The Belgian guy had to vomit and suffered from diarrhoea. Because he thought it wasn’t anything serious, he didn’t take any medication.
The boy underestimated the severity of his ailments and assumed that after drinking a lot of water and a night’s sleep, he would feel better. A disaster scenario occurred; the boy would never wake up again.
When the boy’s parents had not heard from him that morning, they checked his room to see what was going on. When they opened the door they immediately saw: he had died. He had supposedly died from food poisoning, caused by Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that produces toxins which induces vomiting and diarrhoea.
Research showed that the bacterium was so poisonous, that his liver gave up and he died. The Belgian media reported that it was the student’s stepfather who was responsible for the meal. He, supposedly, had taken it out of the bin, mouldy and all, heated it up to eat. This was because he was depressed and had wanted to become ill. The 20-year-old student had come home and eaten the rest.
Reheating food is not the problem. It’s the time between when the food was originally prepared and when you want to eat it again.