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Microwave Myths Busted

Here are some myths about your microwave that need clearing up:

1. Microwaving your food kills all the nutrients. FALSE. A microwave works by emitting radio waves called, you guessed it, micro waves. These waves aggravate the food particles, making them vibrate, which causes heat. Cooking food in a microwave heats it faster than on a stove, so it should retain more nutrients.

2. Microwaves leak radiation, putting you at risk for developing cancer. This could be TRUE, but if your microwave is working properly, it doesn't leak enough to cause cancer.

3. Microwaving food in plastic containers releases toxic chemicals called dioxins into your food. FALSE. According to the FDA, plastic containers and plastic wraps don't contain dioxins.

Also be aware that when you heat something in the microwave, it can get really hot very quickly. So do be careful when taking food out because it could burn you.

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IanGD IanGD 8 years
Hi. I understand the desire to cause people to not lose the joy of living out of the fear of dying, but I really think you should read the book, 'A Handy Way To Fry Your Brain' by DR R.James ST.James. I was given a copy by a friend of mine and it opened my eyes to a whole lot of information from seriously credible scientists speaking about the research into microwaves. For financial reasons this research is not made public by the mobile phone and microwave manufacturers. Also governmenets who depend upon donations from companies to fund their election campaigns are very cautious about displeasing their sponsors. I personally would not have a microwave in my house nor would my wife. We both work in health and know a lot of people in our filed who wouldn't either.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
The "Fogies" at my work almost yearly post articles in the kitchen about freezing your water bottles and microwaving plastic. Then, I have to print out the Snopes.com article and write on there what gullible morons they are. It would be good to note that some types of plastic are okay in the microwave and some aren't (they MELT and that can't be good for ya!)...the ones you can use say they are Microwave Safe. I'll admit that I wouldn't stand by them when I was pregnant, but now I do again.
juliet juliet 9 years
I am SO e-mailing this to one of my friends. !!!
redegg redegg 9 years
I will forever shove people out from in front of a microwave that is on thanks to my ex mother in law telling me that it would give me radiation/cancer!!! Out of the way, people!!
gigglegirl gigglegirl 9 years
Well, given that I microwave just about everything (including my Barbie dolls as a kid), it's good to know that toxicity is of no concern. As for developing cancer...sorry Barbie.
kscincotta kscincotta 9 years
Also true: putting metal in the microwave will cause it to catch fire. I have made that mistake way too many times. Also, I thought that micro waves specially heated up the WATER particles, not the food particles, which is why microwaved food often comes out on the dry side?
Miss-Aretha Miss-Aretha 9 years
here. google microwave carcinogen and read the first article.
Miss-Aretha Miss-Aretha 9 years
TRY THIS: microwave some water, let it cool, feed it to a houseplant. take a similar houseplant and feed it regular water. the plant that is fed microwaved (cooled) water will DIE. google more info on microwaves. they are NOT as safe as fitsugar would have you believe. No they won't radiate your brain but they will turn your food into carcinogens. I kid you not. Invest in a good toaster oven.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
awesome fit! i needed to know this cos i use the microwave alot! thanks!
blogsap blogsap 9 years
our own health myth-busters. thanks! i liked this post!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
My sister used to tell me when I was real young that if I stood next to the microwave when it was on, I'd get brain cancer. Microwaves still kinda freak me out to this day, I try not to stand near them!! :P
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