Anonymous's picture

Are microwaves bad for you?

Someone recently mentioned to me that several of her friends have banned the microwave from their homes. I don't really understand why - are microwaves bad for you or bad for your food? Does anyone know anything about it?

mommy's picture

This is something I often wonder about too. I have heard mixed reviews on this and would love more info if anyone knows.

Anonymous's picture

Microwave cooking per se isn't dangerous. In fact, microwaves preserve more of the nutrients in food than stove top cooking does. What you need to be careful about is the containers you use. You should avoid using any kind of plastic that isn't microwave-safe, because it can leach into the food. Try to always use a microwave-safe dish made of hard material, such as glass. If you don't have a glass lid, you can use plastic wrap over the container--just make sure it doesn't touch the food. The other safety issue has to do with the seal on the door. If the seal isn't good, there is a chance of radiation leakage. You can see how good the seal is by closing the door on a dollar bill and trying to pull it out. If you can easily pull it out, the seal is bad and should be replaced.

Daddyof2's picture

I don't know if this is true or not, but look at this site. I find it difficult to believe that microwaving water changes it's molecular or atomic structure somehow. To find out, one day I'll do the plant experiment and see if it's true. Perhaps anyone of you could do it before I do and share the results with us.

acitez's picture

Microwaves are not reliable enough to cook raw meat. Reheating leftovers is fine, cooking commercially prepared items that are fully cooked in the factory is fine.

concerned mom's picture
concerned mom

I have a cousin who refuses to use a microwave. I don't know what I'd do w/out one. The one thing I've done to protect my family is use paper towel rather than saran wrap when heating foods in the microwave. I've heard the chemicals from the plastic wrap can get into the food and make people ill.