You lead an active life and sometimes it’s just easier to microwave your food. Or eat a microwave ready meal. But are you thinking of what it is doing to your health? Maybe it’s time to dump the microwave and save your health.
Microwave ovens for home use were first introduced in the mid 1960’s and have become a staple in almost every home since then. People “steam” vegetables in seconds by placing them in water and then covering with plastic. Baking pies and roasts in no time. Re-heating foods in plastic containers.
Convenience at its’ finest with no regard to what it might be doing to our bodies.
I remember my grandmother (who was not scientifically inclined by any means) refusing to use a microwave. She just did not like the way food tasted when cooked in one.
But now we are faced with so many health issues that previous generations never had. Could there be a correlation between microwave cooking and some of these issues?
- Digestive issues
- Sleep disorders
- Compromised immune systems
- Vision issues
- Unclear thinking
How can these issues be possibly related to a microwave oven that is used to cook or reheat foods?
For starters, a microwave oven emits microwaves which are a form of electromagnetic radiation and are on the low energy end of the energy spectrum, second to radio waves.1
“Microwaves are in fact radiation. They are classified as non-ionizing radiation – radiation which can change to position of atoms but is not strong enough to alter their structure, composition, or properties. Even though non-ionizing radiation is not strong enough to alter the structure of atoms, it is still able to cause physical alterations.” 2
If isn’t enough to convince you to dump the microwave to save your health, here are some other reasons:
- The minerals, vitamins and nutrients of foods when microwaved are altered or reduced so we get little or no benefit from the food.
- The convenience aspect causes us to eat more processed, prepared foods which have very little nutritional value.
- Many prepared foods and containers used to re-heat food are made of toxic ingredients such as BPA, polyethylene terpthalate, benzene, toluene, and xylene.
- The taste and texture of food is different. For example, bread heated in a microwave turns into a rubbery blob.
- Microwaves may change your heart rate.
- Food cooked in a microwave may change your blood chemistry.
- Eating foods quickly heated (and sometimes unevenly heated) and consuming them quickly may cause digestion issues.
- The human body cannot metabolize, or break down, the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.
Kind of gives you some food for thought – so to speak.
But with a little planning, you can have healthy, fresh, nutritious meals and not subject your body to this damage.
In fact, you can use the extra time it takes to cook your food in an oven to relax, unwind and enjoy your favorite beverage!
And to help you get started, there’s a recipe for easy Ratatouille – a nourishing vegetable stew. Cook it in a big batch and then freeze in portions. Defrost a portion in the morning and it’s ready to heat for lunch or dinner.
Are you ready to Dump the Microwave and Save Your Health? I’d love to hear your comments!
In Peace and Good Health,
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