Are you worried about using your microwave oven because you’ve heard that it may harm you and your family in some way? Or that it may destroy the micro-nutrients in your food?
Are we worrying about nothing?
Researchers have been investigating how microwaving foods may influence their nutrient content, in a good way OR a bad way. The most interesting part: microwave cooking has been shown to produce the lowest antioxidant losses in 20 vegetables when compared to pressure-cooking, boiling or frying.
Are microwave containers risky?
When food is wrapped in plastic or placed in a plastic container and microwaved, chemicals from the plastic can leak into the food. This seems to be causing a lot of worry for people but we must note that tests are conducted to ensure that unsafe amounts of chemicals do not leach into foods and only containers that pass this test can state that they are approved for use in microwave ovens. So, if you’re concerned about these risks, switch to the safer alternatives, such as glass and porcelain containers for microwave cooking.
Does microwave radiation make foods radioactive?
Perhaps the biggest health scare out there is inflicted by those who claim or believe that microwaves emit ‘harmful’ radiation, turning innocent food compounds into radioactive substances capable of causing cancer. Well, radiation can be found all around us, in varying amounts. It is essentially the release of energy, which is given off by everyday things, such as the sun and household electrical appliances. We are always being exposed to natural background radiation. Your mobile phone gives off radiation, as do computers, heaters, and radios. It’s everywhere!
Some say that the energy given off by microwaves is enough to damage one’s genetics and subsequently cause cancer. But there isn’t any good evidence to support this theory.
Essentially, microwave ovens don’t make foods radioactive. They just heat them! As long as you follow the instructions that came with your microwave oven, it will not cause you any harm.