How Safe is Microwaved Food For Your Health?

Convenience drives several things in our lives today. The value of good health is frequently sacrificed for things that are done easily and quickly, and microwaved food is also one of them. We all accept that microwaved food is not as tasty as cooked food. But according to studies, it is also not as nutritious as cooked one.

How food is microwaved?

  1. First of all, we need to understand how a microwave works. Microwave is a form of electro-magnetic energy, the waves of which are very short and they can travel at the speed of light. The magnetron tube inside your microwave oven produces these waves.

  2. This kind of energy changes polarity of the molecules in your food to negative from positive. This is done thousands of times in a second, thus creating friction to heat food. Unfortunately such friction also causes damage to the surrounding molecules in your food, thus changing your food’s structure. Studies have proved that antioxidants and vitamins in your food are lost due to microwaving.

  3. Pediatricians always suggest mothers not to microwave milk for children, probably due to nutrient loss and structural food changes.

Health risks posed by microwaving

  1. Studies have shown that food heated in plastic containers and packages passes toxic chemicals when microwaved. Chemicals like benzene, xylene, toluene and polyethylene terpthalate are scientifically found in such foods, which are frequently linked to diseases like cancer.

  2. Human eyes are also sensitive to microwave radiation, which can cause cataracts with prolonged exposure. Therefore, experts suggest to stand back while operating a microwave oven.

  3. Microwaved food can also affect your heart, as such waves may change your heart rhythm and rate. That is why, doctors suggest patients with pacemakers to avoid using a microwave.

  4. Low hemoglobin and high blood sugar are also associated with microwaved food. Other health related complications that microwaved food can be responsible for include headache, dizziness, insomnia, swelling in the lymph nodes, impaired cognition, weakened immunity, depression, reduced appetite and nausea.

  5. We all know that usage of microwave is banned in Russia and some other countries. This gives us a lot to think about. After knowing all these facts, you will be able to make a wiser decision regarding using microwave ovens at home.

  6. So, the next time you place your food in the microwave, think twice and consider the health risks you might be putting on the health of your family members.