Several studies suggest that that foods are altered on the molecular level as a result of microwave cooking. This has been called the “microwave effect.” Many still argue that the microwave effect is a myth, but a several studies have come out supporting this theory. Most notably, a study released by Penn State University in 2001 stated that conventional and microwave heating produce very different changes at the molecular level. The study also referenced a 1995 study which demonstrated that microwaves, unlike other heating devices – can destroy viral DNA. Another study conducted in 2003 examined broccoli prepared in the microwave and found that it had lost 97% of its valuable antioxidant content.
Our modern world is dominated by processed food, and most of the fresh produce we do eat is grown in heavily depleted soil. To most of us, eating completely raw is definitely not enticing, so opting for the best possible cooking method is important. Light steaming, stir-frying in a high quality oil or simmering in a soup or stew are healthy alternatives. Cooking vegetables just enough to soften the fibrous outer covering of the vegetable to make it digestible, and no more, preserves much of the vital nutrients of the food. Many people choose to eat a lot of their vegetables raw. Traditional Cultures and Chinese medicine in particular consider this an unhealthy habit as it tends to weaken the digestive system and lower metabolism. This can lead to weight gain and other health issues.
Container Chemicals & Food Fats Leak Into Your Food
We’re all familiar with the “Microwave Safe” label found many food containers, but this label is misleading. Despite what many people think, it only means they can be used in a microwave without melting or starting a fire. In fact, numerous toxic chemicals can leak into your food when heated in a microwave. Chemicals such as polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, xylene, the now well-known BPA, and even its so called safer alternative BPS. Many of these chemicals have estrogen-like effects on women’s bodies (thereby putting some women at greater risk for breast cancer). Some can affect brain development, or contribute to diabetes, prostate disease, and more. The microwaving of fatty foods in “microwave safe” plastic containers can cause the release of
the known carcinogen dioxins. Glass storage containers are a better alternative and a worthy investment.
Even A New & Safety Inspected Microwave Can Leak Radiation
Microwave manufacturers , thankfully have put into practice higher safety standards in the newest microwave ovens. Thanks to their hard work, some previous concerns have been rectified, however there still is still some exposure, especially when standing within a certain radius of the appliance when in use. Even a new, perfectly functioning microwave can expose us to up to 400 milliGauss of unwanted radiation. To put that into perspective, exposure to a mere 4 milliGauss has been linked to leukemia. Steering clear of microwaves when in use is certainly advisable for all but is particularly critical to pregnant women and children.