We got our first microwave when I was about 14. I remember my family gathered around to watch it cook a hotdog and we all laughed when it deformed the processed meat tube into an exploding amorphous blobule. Yum!
Most of us grew up with them, but recently more and more information is coming out that maybe they aren’t such a good idea after all. My most recent microwave broke about a year ago and I never bothered to replace it. And you know what? I don’t even miss it at all! Here are a few reasons I encourage you to get rid of the radiation box and heat your food the old fashioned way, but first:
How these new-fangled thingymajiggs work:
Technically produced microwaves are based on the principle of alternating current. Atoms, molecules, and cells hit by this hard electromagnetic radiation are forced to reverse polarity 1-100 billion times a second.
There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts.
Of all the natural substances – which are polar – the oxygen of water molecules reacts most sensitively. This is how microwave cooking heat is generated – friction from this violence in water molecules.
Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed, called structural isomerism, and thus become impaired in quality. This is contrary to conventional heating of food where heat transfers convectionally from without to within.
Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat. – Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel
It can affect your blood and immune system:
In a study of volunteers, they found that in subjects that consumed microwaved foods “Hemoglobin levels decreased and over all white cell levels and cholesterol levels increased. Lymphocytes decreased.” Raum & Zelt, 1992
It transforms nutrients:
Microwaving has been proven to transform amino acids from meat, dairy and grains into carcinogens. It transforms alkaloids from produce into carcinogens. It also decreases the nutrient bioavailability (how much you can absorb) by 60-90%. Atlantis Raising Educational Center
It may cause cancer:
The explosive rate of colon and stomach cancer is being attributed to the wide consumption of microwaved foods. The body cannot metabolize the carcinogens that are created by microwaving and the digestive system suffers as a result. Contributing to this is the fact that we usually microwave food in plastics which “causes a chemical called diethylhexyl adipate to leach out of the plastic.” Harvard Medical School Health Guide.
The storage of foods and beverages in plastic and concerns over BPA (bisphenol A) is another debate altogether. Of course, the plastics industry thinks this is nothing to worry about.
Your baby will be poisoned:
“Further, one of the amino acids, L-proline, was converted to its d-isomer, which is known to be neurotoxic (poisonous to the nervous system) and nephrotoxic (poisonous to the kidneys). It’s bad enough that many babies are not nursed, but now they are given fake milk (baby formula) made even more toxic via microwaving.” Dr. Lita Lee of Hawaii, December 9, 1989 Lancet
You will become susceptible to mind control (no, really):
Let me paraphrase this one, the article was riddled with big words. Basically, the radiation from microwaves alters your brain chemistry allowing you to become influenced by things like radio frequencies and television. Um….I sense a new criminal defense coming on here. “I’m innocent your honor, the microwave made me do it!”
Ok, so these are just a few of the reasons, and I even left out the really wacky ones concerning radiation fears (with the exception of the mind control, because it was just too funny to pass up). Even if you don’t believe anything else, the simple fact that it literally destroys the nutrients from our food is a good enough reason to discontinue use.
Leftovers can be easily heated in a toaster oven (or a convection toaster oven if you want to get fancy about it), or a steamer (available in Asian markets or online). It may take a bit more time but I think it’s worth it.