No, it’s not that you’re lazy or that you don’t have time to make food or that you’re always in a rush. A lot of people simply do not know that much about microwaves or their possible affect on health aside from “don’t stand too close” to the thing because of the radiation exposure… but the food your about to consume is allowed to be smack in the middle of the thing without question? Hmmmm.
There’s a lot of research that says microwaves are bad, that they create carcinogens (agents that bind to DNA and affect the structure, thus causing further mutations and possibly cancer), that they affect the nutritional value of the food… but there’s a lot of research backing microwaves, claiming they’re safe, that they’re harmless, yadda, yadda, yadda.
I’m going to throw some perspectives out there to let you decide for yourself…
- What would happen if a medical journal or well-respected doctor stood up and spoke out against microwaves – what would happen to the big corporations and investors that have a great deal of money buried in the predicted sales of microwaves?
- Any type of high-heat cooking can create carcinogens within food. A quick, extremely high-heat exposure can destroy enzymes and nutrients in food, specifically fats and proteins, altering their structures, thus making them indigestible/unrecognizable for the human body. Flash-frying in a pan, deep-frying, and microwaves are all on the same level of heat-exposure; however the type of heat-energy makes a difference.
- It is slowly catching on that unsaturated oils are not ideal for cooking (or for any heat or light exposure) because of their ability to oxidize, spoil, and create free radicals, and they’re just as unstable when cooked in microwaves.
- What do most people microwave their food in? Plastic containers. BPA-free or not, it’s very likely for that plastic or colorings to melt and become part of your once-healthy meal. Glass is a much safer alternative.
- Microwaved food just isn’t the same as stove-top, toaster-oven, or conventional-oven cooked food. What’s with the soggy pizza, man?
So, those are some perspectives from a few different angles. Hopefully I got ya thinking.