Sayonara Microwave? Here’s Why!
If just 6 months ago someone told me I wouldn’t be using a microwave, I’d call them crazy! I’d talked to classmates of mine in chiropractic school who had limited their microwave use and I couldn’t imagine that I’d be able to do that. BUT I’m proud to say that we’ve survived the past three months with no microwave usage!
Why? You might be asking. Although microwaves allow for quick and easy cooking/re-heating here’s four reasons why using one isn’t in the best interest for your and your family’s health.
1. Kills nutrients
As it becomes increasingly evident that you are what you eat, what you put in your body is vital! It’s been recognized the soil quality has decreased in recent decades leading to decreased nutrient values in our food sources which is why we want to preserve all that is present. Although little research has been done as of late, many health experts question what microwaving food does to its nutrients. My scan of the literature revealed that some nutrients like beta-carotene, an important anti-oxidant, are more susceptible to microwaves.
2. Increased radiation exposure
In the beginning of production, microwave ovens were more prone to leaking microwaves into surrounding rooms. Tighter regulations have drastically reduced BUT have not eliminated leakage. It’s also important to consider that although the FDA has set a limit to the leakage to a level “generally regard as safe”, no studies have been completed on the safety of long term exposure to microwaves. If you still choose to use a microwave, step away from it while use especially when pregnant as rapidly growing/dividing cells are more susceptible to damage from radiation.
3. Creates carcinogens
If there’s one thing to take away from this article is to absolutely NEVER heat your food in plastic containers! Even containers labeled as BPA free have still been found to leak chemicals into food products that exhibit estrogenic activity, meaning they can mimic estrogen and disrupt hormone function. If you use a microwave, pre-packaged dinners and restaurant leftovers/take-out should always be removed from their plastic containers and placed in glass or ceramic to heat. Microwaving oils should also be avoided as this increased fatty lipid peroxides, a type of free radial that has harmful effects on the body.
4. Uneven cooking
Microwaves work by affecting the water molecules in food. It causes them to move at high speeds which creates enough heat to heat up the food. Unfortunately due to variable water contents through the food, this can lead to uneven cooking. It can create hot spots which can burn or under cook which can lead to a potential for food poisoning.
So the next time you’re opening that microwave for a quick reheat, take these health concerns into consideration. Who knows you may find that the stove and oven become your new best friends!
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