Do you have a microwave?
Nowadays, I think almost everyone has one. Microwaves used to have a very bad reputation, but it seems that this has turned around.
If you have a good look online, you’ll see lots of people saying that microwave cooking is okay. But there are still people who worry about possible health effects. It’s important to determine if those fears are legitimate or more a case of jumping on the bandwagon of fear.
If we look at the facts, microwave radiation is a very high base frequency radiation like radio waves. Radio waves are at a higher frequency but microwaves are just under. We know that a radio isn’t going to cause any dramatic damage to your body and I imagine the same is true for microwave.
Nutrient loss is a relevant consideration when you are talking about cooking methods. I always recommend cooking foods for the shortest time possible and with a minimal amount of water. Thankfully, microwaves can meet both of those criteria.
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I don’t use a microwave oven, but we have one in our kitchen. The microwave belongs to my son, and he enjoys cooking eggs and other foods in it. I prefer to do things the old fashioned way.
I think it’s fair to say that enough time has elapsed, and enough research has been done, and nothing dramatic has come from cooking with microwaves.
Microwaves are probably okay because of the amount of limited exposure that people get to that microwave. You don’t stand around with your hand on top of the microwave, just as you wouldn’t rest your hand on the stove while cooking. If you move only 10 to 12 inches away from the microwave, the radiation drops significantly. I have read concerns about using microwaves for cooking protein, but I don’t think it’s an issue. Like any other cooking appliance, a microwave heats food – it just happens to use radiation to do so.
I haven’t seen any research suggesting that microwaves are bad for gut health. Still, It’s not my preference not to use one, but it may be yours.