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How Microwaved Food Can Harm You!

While it is extremely convenient, using a microwave for heating or cooking your food can harm you in many ways.

How Microwaved Food Can Harm You!

Mircowaving your food can lower its nutritional content and decrease RBC count in your body

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Microwaving reduces Vitamin B12 component in food
  2. Toxic chemicals can leach into food from some plastics during heating
  3. Breast milk and eggs should never be microwaved
Have you ever thought about what's really happening to your food when you put it in the microwave? It's very convenient, we agree. But what if that food may have produced germs in those 30 seconds? That's better than eating food cold, you can say. Unfortunately, science suggests it's not. Microwave usage has rapidly grown in India with teens and young adults leaving their homes for studies and work, and relying on these machines to cook and heat last night's food. As women also join the workforce in massive numbers, finding the time to cook a fresh meal every time can be tough, spurring the use of a microwave.

What does it do to my food?

All microwaves have a magnetron that generates micro-waves that radiate in a electromagnetic field. These waves bounce off the surface of the oven, produce heat and get absorbed by anything that's in the oven. That's how your food gets heated or cooked. The heating in uneven because the parts of food that have the highest water content absorb the highest amount of heat and typically, the heating begins from outer layers.

Some nutrients like Vitamin C break down when heated. So while it is a microwave or gas burner, heating is taking away vitamin C away from your food though in a microwave, the duration of heating is lesser. But research also says that the waves in a microwave change the molecular structure of the food, making it 'dead' or nutritionally deficient. It was found that microwave heating affects Vitamin B12 in particular, which is important for our and red blood cells, rendering it inactive.

Not just this, breast milk, if heated in microwave can grow 18 times as many E coli bacteria as non microwaved mild. Microwaving eggs with their shell on is also extremely dangerous as the pressure inside the egg can make it explode, much later after the egg has been taken out if the oven.

A Swiss study indicated that microwaving and eating vegetables can significantly decrease the red blood cell count in your body and increase cholesterol.

When you heat food in plastic containers in a microwave according to research at Harvard medical school, the phthalates in the plastic leak into the food which can be extremely damaging for the body as it can create carcinogens. Heating food in plastic cling wraps or in plastic take-out boxes should definitely be avoided.

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