Reaching for a frozen box from your fridge, reading the quick directions on the back, and placing it in the microwave can result with a meal that took just three minutes to be ready. This is the modern convenience used in the majority of American households.
The Southwest Museum of Computation, Engineering and Communications claims that over 95% of the American households posses a microwave since it is considered as “almost impossible” to function without.
But this is the problem: while your frozen food may contain healthy ingredients and a small amount of calories, the preparation method has a direct impact on the amount of nutrients that your body consumes.
This household appliance can zap the nutritive value of the food and health, making you prone to developing health issues due to long-term microwave use, and asking yourself: is it worth it sacrificing your health over convenience food?
1. MICROWAVES DESTROY NUTRIENTS
Heating the food in a microwave can destroy the original nutrients. What may have been a nutritious meal has now become “dead food” because of the dielectric heating of the microwaves.
“They are bouncing around the microwave and are quickly absorbed by the food,” claims Doctor Joseph Mercola, a licensed surgeon. The water molecules quickly rotate in the microwave oven and in your food in really high frequencies, causing molecular friction and heating up the food. This changes the molecular structure of the food and diminishes the nutrients in the food.
2. MICROWAVE OVENS DESTROY VITAMIN B-12 AND BREAST MILK
The benefits of vitamin B-12 are quickly destroyed once you heat them in the microwave. In this recent study published in the Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry, researchers examined the effects of microwave warming on the loss of vitamin B-12 in foods such as milk, raw beef and pork.
The results showed that there was a 30% – 40% of vitamin loss when the foods were heated in the microwave. Vitamin B-12 was shifted into an inactive form during the process of microwave.
The strong bacteria-destroying agents in the breast milk are killed by the microwave heating. The findings published in Pediatrics studied the practice of using a microwave to warm up frozen human milk. Researchers tested 22 samples of frozen human milk for antibodies and lysozymes activity by heating up the samples for half a minute on a low and high power.
Breast milk heated in a microwave at high temperatures had greater growth of E coli — 18 times more than the control milk (unmicrowaved). Microwaving at lower temperatures dramatically decreased the lysozyme activity as well and also promoted growth of dangerous bacteria for the babies.
3. MICROWAVE OVENS CREATE CARCINOGENS IN THE FOOD
When you heat foods wrapped in plastic you can trigger creation of carcinogens in your food. Based on German studies, the government of Russia warned its citizens about the dangers of microwave ovens and the harmful effects they can have on the body as well as the environment.
Microwave oven parts contain in toxic chemicals like BPA, benzene, polyethylene terpthalate , xylene and toulene. Plastic containers used for these microwaved meals release carcinogens and other dangerous toxins in your food which are then absorbed in your body.
4. MICROWAVE OVENS CAN ALTER THE COMPOSITION OF THE BLOOD
A Swiss clinical research discovered that our blood changes when we consume microwaved vegetables and milk. The participants in the study consumed a series of food made with different methods, including foods heated in a microwave oven.
The results showed that the red blood cells decrease while the levels of white cells increased, together with cholesterol. This non-ionizing radiation in the microwave can alter your blood and the heart rate.
5. MICROWAVE OVENS CAN ALTER THE HEART RATE
Microwaves can have effects on your body right away because of the 2.4 GHz radiation — the radiation frequency emitted by the microwaves. Doctor Magda Havas from the Trent University discovered that the radiation levels emitted by microwaves have an impact on both heart rate and the heart rate.
These levels are in the limits of the safety guidelines but have a tendency to cause dramatic and immediate changes in the heart rate. If you are experiencing irregular heartbeat or chest pain and frequently eat microwaved food, you should consider stopping this practice.