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10 Reasons to Ditch the Microwave.

Kill Your Microwave.

A convenience “cooking” method that was invented by the Nazis, refined by the notorious company Raytheon and banned by Russia in the 70s, the microwave has no place in my kitchen.

Some are still convinced that these radiation boxes are safe, nuke hot meals with efficiency and have no side-effects. Really? There are some scary facts that prove otherwise. If these don’t provoke you to adopt slower cooking methods, not sure what will.

  1. Remember the lawsuit that involved a hospital warming blood in a microwave prior to a blood transfusion, resulting in the death of a women prior to a hip surgery?
  2. Research has proven that heating breast milk or baby formula in a microwave destroys vital vitamins and nutrients.
  3. Heating prepared meats in a microwave sufficiently for human consumption created:
    * d-Nitrosodiethanolamine (a well-known cancer-causing agent)
    * Destabilization of active protein biomolecular compounds
    * Creation of a binding effect to radioactivity in the atmosphere
    * Creation of cancer-causing agents within protein-hydrosylate compounds in milk and cereal grains;
  4. Microwave emissions also caused alteration in the catabolic (breakdown) behavior of glucoside – and galactoside – elements within frozen fruits when thawed in this way;
  5. Microwaves altered catabolic behavior of plant-alkaloids when raw, cooked or frozen vegetables were exposed for even very short periods;
  6. Cancer-causing free radicals were formed within certain trace-mineral molecular formations in plant substances, especially in raw root vegetables;
  7. Ingestion of micro-waved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells in blood;
  8. Due to chemical alterations within food substances, malfunctions occurred in the lymphatic system, causing degeneration of the immune system=s capacity to protect itself against cancerous growth;
  9. The unstable catabolism of micro-waved foods altered their elemental food substances, leading to disorders in the digestive system; Those ingesting micro-waved foods showed a statistically higher incidence of stomach and intestinal cancers, plus a general degeneration of peripheral cellular tissues with a gradual breakdown of digestive and excretory system function;
  10. Microwave exposure caused significant decreases in the nutritional value of all foods studied, particularly:
    * A decrease in the bioavailability of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotrophics
    * Destruction of the nutritional value of nucleoproteins in meats
    * Lowering of the metabolic activity of alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides (all basic plant substances in fruits and vegetables)
    * Marked acceleration of structural disintegration in all foods.

These facts can be found here and here, and there are many other sources.

Remember that restaurants are notorious microwave users.

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Suz Jul 16, 2014 8:01pm

This entire article is bull!! Full of misinformation & fearmongering.

Michelle Sep 8, 2013 12:58am

Oz, you made me smile :)! Thank you! And I don’t use a microwave. Not because I’m afraid of it, but because I don’t find the need for it with all the fresh food we eat and how much we enjoy eating raw or cooking the old fashioned ways. This was a poorly written article and entirely unnecessary, IMO.

Matt Sep 8, 2013 12:05am

Why are so many people commenting here trying to justify their habit of eating microwaved food? Most of you know full well that most "food" Americans in the microwave are not what one would seriously call food, but what Michael Pollan would call 'edible food-like substances' – manufactured specifically so that they could be eaten literally in seconds via a hyper-convenient microwave machine. Why should we perpetuate this lazy and unhealthy way of eating? I'd rather eat Arby's (queue The Simpson's reference) than eat most of the garbage that lives down the frozen entree aisle in the grocery store. But the concept of eating microwaved food makes me cringe mostly because it removes the entire interaction that people are supposed to have with preparing and consuming their food. I'm sorry, but if a person can't make enough time in their day to spend more than a handful of minutes preparing their food… then I think their priorities are a bit skewed. Shouldn't we be caring more about what we put into our bodies? Most food destined for the microwave is very heavily processed and contains negligible amounts of nutrition. Not to mention, once again – most of the time, it tastes awful. Well anyways, regardless of how people judge the content of this article, I appreciate Elephant Journal and their writers, am sometimes baffled by the backlash to articles that I thought people here would read more open-mindedly… but hey, discussion and debate is always a good thing.

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