5 reasons to re-think using your microwave

5 reasons to re-think using your microwave

  • Microwave defines functionality at its best. You just put the food in it, program the time needed, and in the blink of an eye you have a meal.
  • Microwaves have become a predominant device in many households, as very few people have time or “take the time” to cook a real meal.
  • Let’s look at five main reasons why microwaves are unsafe.
  • 1. They were not researched deeply before they became available.
  • The microwave was developed in 1947 using radar technology advancements that were developed during World War II. German soldiers used it to heat up their meals. There were some studies done by the Germans, which they sent to the U.S., but no in-depth analysis of the effects of these microwaves was performed before it was released into the general public.
  •  To this day, the FDA states that there have been no studies on the long-term effects of microwaves on humans. The thing that makes microwaves even more suspicious is the fact that Russia banned microwaves in 1976, based on the research the Germans did. Some studies showed that the microwaves depleted that nutritional value of the food, and that some German soldiers developed cancer.
  • 2. Microwaves may deplete nutritional value:
  • It is said they can ruin fresh foods. In a study published by the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture, broccoli that was cooked in a microwave lost a significant amount of vital nutrients including glucosinolates and vitamin C. A study from Pennsylvania State University showed that the compound allyl sulfur, an anti-cancer compound in garlic was destroyed when microwaved for 60 seconds.
  • Microwaves may even harm human breast milk, according to a recent study by Dr. Quan from Stanford University. “Microwaving can destroy the essential disease-fighting agents in breast milk that offer protection for your baby. In 1992, Quan found that microwaved breast milk lost lysozyme activity, antibodies, and fostered the growth of more potentially pathogenic bacteria,” Dr. Joseph Mercola explains.
  • 3. Microwaves may create carcinogens:
  •  A big danger with microwaves is that carcinogenic toxins from plastic and paper containers can leach into your food. In an issue of Nutrition Action Newsletter, it was reported that toxins like BPA leaked from many common microwave foods, including pizza, popcorn, and chips. These were products that were sold as “microwave safe.”
  • 4. They expose you to radiation:
  •  We often hear about how microwaves can expose us to radiation. This was more of a problem with earlier microwaves, and the FDA reports that the levels of radiation from microwaves these days are insignificant.
  • However, an independent organization called Powerwatch begs to differ: “Even when the microwave oven is working correctly, the microwave levels within the kitchen are likely to be significantly higher than those from any nearby cellular phone base-stations. Remember also that microwaves will travel through walls if the microwave oven is against an inside wall.”
  • 5. Health risks:
  •  The convenience of microwaves promotes people to consume more processed foods. These processed foods already are lacking in nutrition, and we have seen what microwaves do to nutrients. The more these empty foods are consumed, the higher the cravings will get to obtain the nutrition that the body requires. Hans Hertel, a Swiss food scientist was the first to study the effects of microwaves on human blood and physiology.
  • Dr. Hertel’s results were shocking:
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Decreased numbers of leukocytes (white blood cells), which can suggest poisoning
  • Decreased numbers of red blood cells
  • Production of radiolytic compounds
  • Decreased hemoglobin levels, which could indicate anemia
  • NOTE: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only. Please consult your health practitioner or a qualified expert before changing your diet.
  • 1. “Why It’s Time To Throw Out Your Microwave.” FoodBabe.com. Food Babe, 30 July 2012. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
  • 2. Mercola, Joseph, D.O. “Why Did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?” Mercola.com. Mercola.com, 18 May 2010. Web. 28 Aug. 2013.
  • 3. “BPA Leaches from ‘safe’ Products.” Chemical Fallout: A Journal Sentinel Watchdog Report –. N.p., 15 Nov. 2008. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
  • 4. “Effects of Microwave Cooking Conditions on Bioactive Compounds Present in Broccoli Inflorescences.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Nov. 2007. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
  • 5. “The Influence of Heating on the Anticancer Properties of Garlic.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2001. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.
  • 6. “Effects of Microwave Radiation on Anti-infective Factors in Human Milk.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 1992. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.



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