It is convenient to throw some leftovers in the microwave if you are hungry, and many households use a microwave oven daily. People like the energy efficiency and fast results that can be achieved with a microwave, and it is considered a necessary appliance in the kitchen.
Even though a microwave is convenient, some health factors need to be considered.
Why You Should Get Rid of Your Microwave
Here are some reasons why you should get rid of your microwave oven:
- Long-term exposure to microwaves have been shown by a study to cause adverse effects in the brain. The study, found here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4487000/, finds that the effects still remain unclear of microwaves on the brain, but there is some evidence that microwave-induced neurotrauma shows the same pathological changes as a blast TBI.
- The microwave reduces the nutrients, such as minerals and vitamins that are in the food. However, this is true of all cooking and heating methods, some minerals and vitamins are lost, which is why we recommend the raw food diet to maintain all of the vitamins and minerals.
- When you microwave vegetables, much like cooking them in any other way, there is some loss of antioxidants, though microwaving is actually one of the lesser ways that they are lost while cooking according to Live Science https://www.livescience.com/32704-does-microwaving-vegetables-destroy-their-nutrients.html. Again though, to preserve all of them, a raw food diet is a great option.
- Some researchers have suggested that there is a link between eating microwaved food and the increase in colon cancer rates in the United States. However, it’s not the food itself that causes this. According to http://health.thewest.com.au/news/3441/will-microwaving-food-give-us-cancer, there is some evidence that the packaging the food is prepared in could cause cancer-causing chemicals to leach into your food.
As you can see, there are several potential health problems that could develop when you eat food that has been heated or cooked in the microwave. This is why we recommend a raw food diet, as you don’t lose vital nutrients, nor do you have the risk of microwaves directly hitting your body from heating up foods in it.