Is Your Microwave Nuking Your Health?

March 20th, 2009

Risks of Microwave OvensBecause of the convenience they provide, microwave ovens have become so popular that they’re found in nearly every household and restaurant. The word “microwave” has even been formally accepted as a verb in the dictionary. However, popularity is not always a reliable measure of goodness, and the convenience of microwave ovens may come at a significant cost.

Food Quality and Cooking

Although it’s common knowledge that you must eat well to be healthy, few people recognize the importance of food quality. Those that do probably understand the importance of eating organic food but may not realize that proper cooking is just as important. Using a microwave oven is likely to destroy much of the nutrients in food and can even transform them into dangerous and toxic compounds that don’t occur naturally. In other words, the microwave can turn a typically healthy food into one that lacks nutrition and causes disease!

The Destructive Nature of Microwave Ovens

Microwave ovens produce intense electric and magnetic radiation that oscillates at a rapid frequency and causes food molecules to rotate and change polarity billions of times per second. The friction resulting from this movement is what generates the heat that cooks the food.

This violent and rapid movement causes food molecules to become deformed, and as a result, they’re unlikely to be digested and may even be attacked by the immune system. If they are digested and absorbed, their damaged nature may promote malfunction in the cells that utilize them. Furthermore, some of these deformed food molecules can fuse with each other and produce unnatural compounds that are toxic.

Microwave Ovens Can Cause Disease

If the body goes without a balanced variety of nutrients for an extended period of time, which can result from frequent microwave use, malnourishment will result and dysfunction will begin to occur. As such, it should be no surprise that this is the starting point of disease.

In addition to the malnutrition, the toxic compounds produced from microwave radiation are believed to be a serious cancer risk. Frequent consumption of microwaved foods is also associated with poor digestion, altered immune activity and impaired hormone production. In fact, the effects of regularly consuming microwaved food are so profound that many medical professionals have attributed to it a condition known as “microwave sickness.”

As with many issues relating to modern technology, the potential health risks associated with microwaving food is a highly controversial topic that is still under debate. However, it’s well known that heat can damage the nutrients in food, and microwave ovens tend to produce significant amounts of heat through the use of unnatural radiation. Common sense should be enough to realize that the convenience of using a microwave oven is not worth the risk.

Good Health isn’t Always Convenient

Like many people, you’ve probably become reliant on the convenience of your microwave oven, and the thought of no longer using it probably seems unimaginable. But is the convenience worth the possibility of enduring years of poor health and disease in your old age?

With rare exception, a long, healthy and happy life is only obtainable by those who are dedicated to making it happen, especially with the many unhealthy influences that exist in modern society. The significance of optimal health cannot be fully appreciated without making the effort to achieve it and experience the benefits first hand.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Microwave Use

Discontinuing your use of the microwave is not as hard as it may seem. It’s been years since I’ve used one and I don’t feel inconvenienced at all. In fact, I think it’s satisfying to know that I’m supporting my health by not using one.

Here are a few things to consider to help protect yourself from the risks of microwaved food without it being a major inconvenience.

  • Instead of reheating cold food, take it out of the refrigerator a few hours early and simply let it warm to room temperature.
  • If you insist on your food being hot, use a conventional oven or a toaster oven to heat it, but try to keep the temperature as low as possible.
  • Prepare your meals in advance so that you always have a good meal available even if you’re too busy or tired to cook.
  • Get rid of your microwave. You can’t use it if it’s not there and you’ll be forced to adjust.
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