Microwave Dangers

Written by Rebecca Lord
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Over the past 20 years, the dangers of microwave use have been examined closely. This research has focused primarily on the effects that microwave radiation has on food and on the human body. By and large, it indicates that microwaves are safe to use; however, there are several risks of which everyone should be aware.

You Are What You Eat

One area of microwave research has focused on how radiation interacts with food and liquids. This work has examined both the heating process and the nutrient composition of different foods pre- and post-microwave heating. Findings in this area suggest that radiation may zap away key nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Other scientists have warned that baby formula should never, ever be warmed in the microwave because the radiation used in heating introduces toxins to a fragile immune system.

Of course, babies cannot eat many foods for this reason. A more salient issue pertains to whether microwaves are safe for any humans. At its core, the issue revolves around whether exposure to small, low-frequency radiation emissions is harmful. Overall, research in this area has produced mixed findings.

However, some studies have documented carcinogens in food that has been microwave-cooked rather than prepared conventionally. Other work has demonstrated indirect links to headaches and stomach and digestive problems. In response to this work, the FDA has required microwave manufacturers to test carefully for radiation leaks and encouraged consumers to keep microwave doors shut firmly when in use. Those seeking extra precaution are advised to explore radiation shields that may protect the kitchen environment at home.

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