Kitchen know-it-alls beware! We just started fact checking all those health warnings that everyoneu’s grown knowing, without ever knowing why. We all want to take care of ourselves, but sometimes, food myths can actually get in the way of good healthy decisions.
FOOD MYTHS #1: Microwave ovens are bad for you and zap the nutritional value out of food. Here’s the double whammy that we’ve been hearing for a long, long time. First of all, let’s take a look at how microwaves work. You might be shocked to learn that microwave ovens use microwaves. a form of electromagnetic radiation, kind of like light to target and excite the water molecules in your food to spin up to a state of hyperactivity. The quickly rotating water molecule means your food heats up fast! Can microwave radiation be harmful to humans? Well, yeah, but radiation doesn’t always mean something is “radioactive”.
In this case it means energy radiating from a source. Extended exposure to microwave radiation can have negative effects on the body. But the FDA has regulations on the amount of emissions that can come out of microwave ovens. Over the entire lifespan of the microwave, it is limited to be that of 5 milliwatts of emissions per square centimeter, measured 2 inches from the oven surface. That amount is, way, way below the amount that can hurt you. And again that measurement is two inches away from the microwave. If you were 20 inches away, it would be about 1/100th of that. There has never been any research to show that microwave ovens cause any sort of long-term damage to people.
Now as for your food, microwave ovens are designed to quickly effect water molecules. Even if they can effect other stuff in your food, they’re not on long enough to actually do so. Contrary to the myth, microwaves are actually one of the best ways to maintain its nutritional values.
This is due to the short cooking time and the lack of access water used to potentially absorb nutrients. Microwaves save way more nutrients than boiling, steaming or frying for that matter.
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