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Beware! Diseases You Never Knew Your Microwave Was Causing

Microwave ovens might be one of the most common appliances in kitchens today, but the radiations released by them deplete the nutrients in the food and also causes harmful affects to our bodies

Beware! Diseases You Never Knew Your Microwave Was Causing

Microwave ovens are available in almost every household

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Microwave oven affects food quality
  2. Microwave ovens have an adverse impact on our health
  3. Microwave radiations can cause cancer

Microwave ovens are one of the most common kitchen appliances that are found in every Indian kitchen. The appliance causes immense convenience in terms of cooking and re-heating already cooked food and that's why people from most economic backgrounds tend to install it in their kitchens. From boiling water and heating milk to cooking fast food items like maggie noodles,  popcorn and cakes, microwave ovens are like a saviour for people who keep busy with their jobs or stay away from their families.

However, convenience like this comes with a price. According to a study conducted by Swiss scientist Hans Hertel, cooking food in the microwave depletes it of its nutritious qualities. The high radiation with which it heats/cooks the food deforms the molecules in food, thereby creating harmful radioactive compounds.

How do microwave ovens work?

What a convenience it is to simply press the 'start' button and wait for only a minute to have your food heated from last night!

Now let's see what actually happens when you push that 'start' button. Immediately after we push the button, tiny, energetic waves start moving through the inside compartment of your oven. These microwaves release electromagnetic radiation. The waves vibrate rapidly, at about 2,500 megahertz (2.5 gigahertz) a minute. That's about the same frequency as your cell phone.

What all can microwave ovens cause?

According to numerous researches, microwave ovens can sometimes weaken your immune system and may lead to birth defects. There have also been an increase in the chances of cancer with regular microwave use. It reduces your resistance to bacterial and viral infections and if one consumes microwaved food for a long period of time. According to the study conducted by Hans, microwaving food leads to food degeneration. Another study concluded that microwaves can also lead to elevated blood sugar levels in certain people.

How To Safely Use Your Microwaves

Having mentioned the cons, it is not to say one shouldn't use this innovation. You can use the microwave as there is also research supporting safety of microwave use, but you ahve to know how to use it correctly. Though using a microwave can be a healthful, easy way to cook but be sure that it is in a good condition and you must use only a microwave-safe container. Here are a few safety measures you can take.

  • Avoid using a microwave oven to heat/cook for infants or children.
  • Stir food thoroughly while you cook/heat in microwave and never microwave longer than the recommended time.
  • Use a microwave to cook vegetables instead of heating processed meats and snacks.
  • Always test the temperature of the breast milk if at all heated in microwave oven. Ideally, avoid heating it in the microwave
  • Do not overheat water and other liquids. In fact, avoid using microwave for heating/cooking liquid food or water. 
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.
 

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