Is Microwave Cooking Slowly Killing Us?

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It turn’s out microwave cooking may not only result in a shorter meal preparation time, but a shorter life span as well.


It is hard to imagine a household without a microwave. According to The Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communication and Computation (SMECC), over 95% of American households have a microwave oven. Why? Because it makes cooking meals so much easier, especially when we don’t have time to prepare a meal in another way.

There are many items you can cook in a microwave that have healthy ingredients and can provide long-lasting energy. In fact, many new frozen entree brands provide a healthy balance of nutrients for your diet, but the way you cook your food actually can change the amount of nutrients contained in the food.

Microwaves can literally “zap” the nutritional value of your food, which can lead to health problems and complications due to long term use of cooking foods using this common household appliance. Is the convenience of using a microwave really worth sacrificing your health?

Microwaves Decrease Nutritional Value

Whether you are preparing leftovers, cooking a frozen dinner, or heating up a glass of milk, cooking items in the microwave can zap out many of the original nutrients.

When food is heated in the microwave, it is heated by molecular friction caused by the waves bouncing around all over the microwave at  high frequencies. This actually cause the molecular structure of the food to change which results in the original nutrients being stripped, or killed, in the process. You can literally zap away all the healthy stuff.

Would You Like Cancer With That?

Heating foods that are wrapped in plastic can cause carcinogens to enter the food. Also,  heating plastic tupperware that is not labeled microwavable can also cause carcinogens to melt into the food. The Russian government  actually issued a warning about the health risks associated with preparing and eating microwaved foods. Research actually shows that many microwavable foods are found to contain toxic chemicals such as BPA, polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene.

Microwaves Can Change The Makeup of Your Blood & Your Heart Rate

Cooking and eating food prepared in the microwave can even change the makeup of your blood. In a study, researchers noticed changes of the blood in individuals who consumed milk and vegetables prepared in the microwave. In the study, eight people ate a series of food prepared in a variety of ways, including food cooked in the microwave. The results of the study showed that those who ate microwaved foods experienced a decrease in red blood cells and an increase in white blood cells and cholesterol levels.

The high frequency of radiation (2.4 GHz) given off by microwave ovens is enough to cause instant effects on your body. Studies suggest these high levels of radiation given off by a microwave affect both heart rate and heart rate variability. Although these levels are within federal safety guidelines, they tend to cause immediate and major changes in heart rate levels.