Caution! For Microwave Users

Caution! For Microwave Users

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People often taken for granted the convenience brought by microwaves. Yes its ability to cook food quickly is really a delight, but there are factors and reasons we should be cautious in using it. The following roll may make you want to stop using microwaves right away.

Reasons You May Hate Your Microwaves

It changes the taste of food

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Based on researches on identifying the difference in cooking using microwave and other methods, it was proven that microwaving grounds differences in color, flavor, texture and moistness of the vegetables. You in yourself might have notice the distinction of taste between a vegetable cooked in stovetop and microwave. In addition, another group of researchers who were looking at nutritional differences in microwave food stated “There are differences in flavor and taste in certain food products prepared in a conventional and a microwave oven.” They also concluded that ‘nutritional and chemical changes in microwave heated foods are of approximately the same magnitude as those in foods prepared or processed by conventional methods. Microwave radiation is not powerful enough to break chemical bonds to cause the formation of radicals, which might be hazardous to human health.’ To sum up, these studies indicated that even though microwaving is a proven safe way to cook, the taste and other potential differences may cause potential health risks.


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Radiation! Radiation!

It was stated by the World health Organization that microwaves are high frequency radio waves or radiofrequency fields and like the visible radiation which is light, are part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Mostly, microwaves are used for TV broadcasting, radar for air and sea navigational aids and telecommunications including mobile phones and lastly, in kitchens for cooking food.

In similar method to light, microwaves are reflected, transmitted or absorbed by materials in their path. Non-metallic materials like some plastic and glass are mostly transparent to microwave, while metallic materials totally reflect microwaves. At some point, materials containing water, for example foods, fluids of tissues, readily absorb microwave energy which is directly converted into heat.

The WHO strongly advises that ‘Only dishes and containers specifically designed for microwave cooking should be used. Certain materials, such as plastics not suitable for microwave oven, may melt or burst into flames if overheated.’ Also, eating melted plastic that gets contact with your food is hazardous to health.

Furthermore, the WHO’s website explained that anything over 10 hertz can harm human body, a typical microwave oven operates at a frequency of 2450 megahertz. A megahertz is one thousand hertz in conversion.

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