We’re all aware by now that diet has a profound impact on your health. Equally important is how we cook our foods. In particular, we’re focusing today on the use of microwave ovens. Here are some reminders of why microwaving your food is a convenience that comes at a considerable cost to your health.
Next time you go to nuke your next meal, contemplate this:
- Standing a foot away from a microwave oven while it’s in use can expose you to hundreds of time more radiation (as measured by a Gauss meter) than what has been linked to leukemia.
- Cancer-causing toxins can leach from the plastic or paper plates and/or covers used and mix with your food.
- Temperature of food can become exceptionally hot – heat intense enough to cause burns or enough steam build-up to even explode (you may recall the dangers uncovered when nuking formula in baby bottles some years ago).
- Microwaving causes the loss of valuable, cancer-fighting nutrients in our foods. The food molecules when microwaved vibrate to levels never meant to occur. These damaged nutrients can no longer nourish our bodies.
- The chemical structure of foods is forever changed when microwaved, with some known and unknown health consequences. Even reheating water, tea, or coffee is not recommended for this reason.
Tips for Transitioning from Microwave Use
- Plan ahead. Prepare your meals in advance. Make meals in large quantities and freeze them. Defrost the night before in your refrigerator or before mealtime, simply defrost in a sink of water, then reheat on the stovetop.
- Include some raw foods in your diet – Raw foods are jam-packed with nutritional value. This includes salads and even vegetable juice.
- Use a convection oven – Convection ovens are a healthier alternative to and only take half the time of conventional ovens (reheats foods, too). Toaster ovens may also be used to reheat foods (however, we recommend using lower heating temperatures of 200-250 degrees F).
Initially, it may seem a bit tedious and time-consuming to cook or reheat your foods without the use of a microwave, but it’s well worth the effort. Use that extra time to make a fresh salad to accompany your meal, read, spend time with your family, or simply relax. The less stressed we are, the better we’re able to digest our delicious and nutritious food!
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