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Microwave Ovens- Are they SAFE?
Microwave ovens have been around for decades and can be found in most kitchens and office staff rooms. Most people know that microwave ovens are not the best for you to stand around, but how safe are they making the food you eat?
There have been several studies around the globe that have shown how food molecules have changed during microwave oven use and how food has been turned into a deadly combination of carcinogens.
With these mini ovens stalked up at appliance stores and being included in new home builders kitchen appliance packages, it makes it appear that microwave ovens are safe and a staple in every kitchen. And while they are convenient to use for re-heating food and for preparing food a bit faster, they are not completely safe. Many people either do not know about the dangers or they feel that like everything else in this world...it`s just another thing that is bad for us.
Unfortunately the dangers of microwave ovens are something that should become clearer to the general public. And while studies emerge from time to time on the news, people hear them, they even think about them for a while, but nobody stops using them. Perhaps stronger warnings should be placed on microwave ovens when they are being sold, or perhaps they could even be banned to be really safe.
It is common to protect food when you`re heating it up in the microwave oven. In fact in the manual it suggests that food be covered to help keep in the heat and to protect your microwave from being coating in food spill. For decades most people have turned to plastic wrap for this reason. And not only do people put plastic wrap over their re-heated dishes, frozen dinners often come with this wrap already coating the food. A study was done and showed that the plastic actually emits chemicals into the food while it is being microwave...the chemicals release Diethylhexy adipate, which is a known carcinogen, and it also releases X enoestrogens, which has been known to cause breast cancer in women and low sperm counts in men.
Microwaving food has also been linked to changing the foods compounds. It can deplete the nutrition in food, and it can make food age faster than if cooked through a regular oven. When people use these ovens to prepare meat, it has shown that Nirosodiethanolamine has been found in it which is also a carcinogen. When re-heating milk or cereal, cancer causing molecules were found in the foods. Heating frozen fruit up can alter the breakdown of glucoside.
People have also been studied to see what affects have directly influenced their bodies after consuming microwave foods. Many people actually felt different and more run down after eating the foods warmed up by a microwave, but studies showed a change in haemoglobin, white blood cells and stomach, intestinal and lymphatic areas were altered as well.
It is a shame to think of how many babies have had their milks heated up in a microwave. Most parents do everything they can to protect their children and it`s sad to think that without proper knowledge, they were hurting their kids.
There are things you can do to protect yourself. The first is to try not to use your microwave when you can. Use your oven for re-heating foods, don`t buy frozen dinners, and use your oven to cook foods even if it takes longer to do.
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