Is Microwave Oven Cooking Safe?

(Dr Bauman says, microwaving your food is one of the most damaging things you can do to reduce food quality and nutrition and your health)

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Microwave Oven technology was invented in 1946, by Percy Spencer, a self-taught electrical engineer shortly after the second world war. It was initially intended to help the military heat up their food while in remote areas of war.

By 1955, the technology was introduced to homes for domestic use, both for cooking and heating up foods. The microwave oven was widely accepted at home because of the convenience and fastness of food preparation, which fit into the modern-day busy schedule and lifestyles.

Since microwave ovens are widely used at homes, there has been controversy about its safety, first on the nutritional value of the food, and second, on the effect of the radiation on the body, when such foods are consumed.

The Electro-Magnetic Radiation

The technology used in the microwave oven is an electric oven that cooks foods by exposing tiny particles inside the foods to electromagnetic radiation.

Electromagnetic radiation is energy that is transmitted at the speed of light through oscillating electrical and magnetic fields.

‘’Microwaving fatty foods in plastic containers leads to the release of dioxin (a known carcinogen) and other toxins into foods. Common microwave foods include pizza, popcorn, and chips. Chemical released include polyethene, terpthalate (PET), toluene, benzene and xylene.’’

Microwaves radiation by itself can damage cells and tissues because they carry an enormous amount of energy, hence are perfectly contained within the metal panels that surround the oven cabinet. The cabinet prevents the radiation from leakage if the door is closed when the oven is in operation.

What Does The Food Industry Say?

The food industry, supported by WHO (World Health Organisation) in February 2005 affirmed that food cooked or warmed up in a microwave oven is safe, as it dismisses the misconception that food cooked in a microwave becomes radioactive. It, however, agrees that exposure to the radiation can affect body tissues and cells, so caution is needed to ensure doors are closed properly, and not to use a damaged microwave oven that is susceptible to leakage.

This should not be surprising. We know how the pharmaceutical industries have sponsored medical research to give credibility to their medication.

Microwave Oven Cooking Drastically Reduce Nutrients In Foods

However, recently in 2018, Dr Bauman of College of Nutrition, Holistic & Culinary Arts carried some investigation and arrived at the following:

Microwave cooking changed the texture and flavour of foods.

Amino acids, vitamins, phytonutrients of food do change after microwave cooking- up to 5–40% decline in some foods.

Microwave cooking destroys the anti-cancer property of garlic.

Broccoli lost up to 97% of its antioxidants as compared to gently steaming on the stove that only lost 11%.

Microwave breast-milk lost its disease-fighting properties.

‘’Needless to say, we do not recommend cooking foods in microwave oven, though mildly heating leftovers may not pose the same problems.’’ Edward Bauman M.D PhD

Read 34 Abstracts with microwave cooking research here.

Microwave Hypersensitivity

Electro Hypersensitivity (EHS) is a new form of environmental syndrome developed by those exposed to microwave energy or other electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Suffers develop a headache, fatigue, loss of appetites, and sleeplessness.

The electromagnetic radiation in human increase due to the modern-day lifestyle of Wi-Fi, mobile phone, phone mast, smart meters, smart TVs, smart houses etc. It is difficult for a home not to have one or more of these gargets. Therefore looking for ways to reduce exposure is best.

Simple But Practical Steps To Reduce EMR Exposure

Do not receive calls on your mobile by putting it on your ear, but rather use speakers. Avoid wireless wearables like Bluetooth, and earpiece.

Minimise the use of wireless apparatus, especially when at home. Get a long lead and connect laptops, and desktops physically.

Turn off all electrical apparatus, like laptop, routers, mobile phones, tablets and smart TVs when not in use.

Keep a reasonable distance from apparatus like a microwave (when in use), and mobile mast. Also, ensure your microwave oven has no leakage.

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