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My mom has started getting into eating healthy (finally!) and she said that I shouldn't microwave any of my food b/c it destroys enzymes, makes it useless - something of that nature. Ever since then I have felt guilty everytime I use it so as a result I only do when desparate. Does anyone have any info on this either pro or con??
 

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If you just google "microwave health" or something like that you'll find there's a TON of info out there. There's some conspiracy theory stuff that's...kind of interesting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I don't have a microwave because it takes up too much counter space and it's so easy to rely on it too much. Microwaving really does destroy the nutrients in food, it's not just the enzymes (all cooking destroys enzymes).
 

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I will add that to my list of wants! I have not used my microwave since so it would be able to reheat food in less then 20 mins again, luckily I usually don't have anywhere to go! But the baby isn't as patient as me...
 

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The guide-book "Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal" (Reader´s Digest, 1996) says that cooking vegetables in the microwave is the best way to preserve their nutrients.<br><br>
I tried to find stuff about MW radiation or other dangers in the www and couldn´t find that much. I found more about other domestic "hazards" like radiation from electromagnetic fields in spots with lots of plugs and sockets around the house.
 

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There are also studies that show that microwaving food has deleterious effects.. here is an excerpt from one:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">In intervals of two to five days, the volunteers in the study received one of the food variants on an empty stomach. The food variants were: raw milk from a biofarm (no. 1); the same milk conventionally cooked (no. 2); pasteurised milk from Intermilk Berne (no. 3); the same raw milk cooked in a microwave oven (no. 4); raw vegetables from an organic farm (no. 5); the same vegetables cooked conventionally (no. 6); the same vegetables frozen and defrosted in the microwave oven (no. 7); and the same vegetables cooked in the microwave oven (no. 8). The overall experiment had some of the earmarks of the Pottenger cat studies, except that now human beings were test objects, the experiment's time-frame was shorter, and a new heat form was tested.<br><br>
Once the volunteers were isolated at the resort hotel, the test began. Blood samples were taken from every volunteer immediately before eating. Then blood samples were taken at defined intervals after eating from the above-numbered milk or vegetable preparations.<br><br>
Significant changes were discovered in the blood of the volunteers who consumed foods cooked in the microwave oven. These changes included a decrease in all haemoglobin values and cholesterol values, especially the HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) values and ratio. Lymphocytes (white blood cells) showed a more distinct short-term decrease following the intake of microwaved food than after the intake of all the other variants. Each of these indicators point in a direction away from robust health and toward degeneration.</td>
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It is definitely true that some Vitamins and minerals are not affected by MW them. It is also true that many amino acids and other compounds in food ARE affected, and in a deleterious way. This is how you can report that something has 'retained its nutrients better' because you are only talking about isolated Vitamins and minerals, and not about the other factors within the food. Once you start looking at the whole picture, it changes.<br><br>
Even heating water in a MW oven isn't safe, if the container used has any petrochemical in, or on it (like many otherwise earthenware mugs). The MW process encourages many plastics and other compounds to 'bleed' into their contents.<br><br>
I've not had one since college (when I discovered their use was banned in Russia for health reasons), and don't intend on getting one either! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Here is another article that should help:<br><br><a href="http://www.vaccinetruth.org/microwave.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vaccinetruth.org/microwave.htm</a><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goorganic.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="go organic">:
 

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I don't have a microwave. I find that toaster ovens do a decent job of some foods. Submerging a metal or glass bowl into a pot of boiling water is a good way to heat other things. And ds will eat cold foods right of the fridge without complaint.
 

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I read the articke that knome posted but I had no idea that Russia banned microwaves!! Why doesn't this information reach America?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I read the articke that knome posted but I had no idea that Russia banned microwaves!! Why doesn't this information reach America?</div>
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They are not banned now.
 

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Dear me!!<br><br>
I wonder though if it´s only the MW that has these dangers. I mean, what about gas cookers? I use butane and the system usually lets some gas out in the air, despite safety measures.<br><br>
Or the kettle? Is there any info on the effect of a kettle on the water it heats, do you know?
 

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I think this is an interesting article, and from what I consider a reputable consumer advocacy group (Center for Science in the Public Interest):<br><br><br><a href="http://www.cspinet.org/nah/04_05/microwavemyths.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.cspinet.org/nah/04_05/microwavemyths.pdf</a> (PDF file)
 
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