Learn the facts about microwave ovens before you decide to buy this electrical appliance. Many myths surround the use of microwave ovens but get the facts and you will be able to make a wise decision.
Whether or not you have a microwave oven at home, the probability is you’ve considered the likelihood that using such an electrical appliance might be damaging to you as well as those living in your home. Maybe you’ve been told stories from friends and relatives claiming that foods that are cooked in microwave ovens can cause health problems. Also, exposure to electromagnetic wave emmissions produced by the appliance may be dangerous for your health. And then, there are a number of those who believe that these are just misguided beliefs or myths and old wives’ tales.
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It’s not easy to come up with a definitive presumption about this matter because of the numerous differing views regarding the safety of microwave ovens. However, the following would be my effort to distinguish between the myths and the facts about microwave ovens in order that you will be better informed about this device and better able to make the decision as to whether to allow such an appliance to exist in your kitchen.
Popular Myth : Microwave Ovens Process Food From the Inside Out
Despite what is generally believed, microwave ovens don’t process food from the inside out. What they actually do is to heat the food beginning from the outside. Consequently, this will excite the water molecules that will warm the inside of the food. Assuming that you’ve tried to cook a huge portion of meat in a microwave oven before, you should have noted that the heat from the oven can reach to a level of roughly one inch into the meat.
Known Fact : Boiling Water in a Microwave Oven Leads to an Explosion
Boiling water in a microwave oven can result in an explosion should the water remained in the oven for an extended period of time. The reason for this is because the bubbles that are formed when the water is being heated in the oven are suppressed and therefore caused the water to exceed way beyond its boiling point. Continuing to boil the water beyond its boiling point will release the suppressed heat and thus causing the water to explode. To avoid this from occurring, you should always boil water for a short time. If you find the water is still not heated enough, boil it again but each time use the shortest possible time.
Another Myth Still Yet to Be Debunked : Microwave Ovens Release Dangerous Radiation
The radiation that is released from microwave ovens is non-ionizing which means that it is a less dangerous form of radiation than those released by X-Ray equipments, nuclear radioactive waste materials and UV light rays.
Furthermore, the FDA screens each individual microwave ovens that are going to go onto the production line. The FDA will ascertain that the amounts of radiation released by each oven are greatly below the level that can be regarded as dangerous. The federal regulation also requires that every microwave device has an auto-interlocking mechanism that will stop the discharge of radiation whenever the door of the microwave oven is opened.
For your information, the farther away you are from the microwave oven the more diluted is your exposure to microwave radiation while the device is in use. Therefore, if you’re still worried, it’s best to keep yourself as far away from the device when it’s in operation.
Fact That Is Not Only Applicable to Microwave Cooked Food : Cooking in Microwave Ovens Will Cause Food to Lose Nutrients
Cooking by any methods will lead to a loss in nutrients. Therefore, it’s not right to claim that only microwave cooking will lead to food losing its nutrients. As a matter of fact, it’s the length at which food is cooked that will determine the amount of nutrients that are lost. Therefore, microwave cooking, since it takes a shorter time to cook food will result in a lot less nutrients lost as compared to other methods of cooking.
Whether you want to have this device in your kitchen or not is entirely up to you but you should have to decide whether there are more advantages or disadvantages to having a microwave oven in your kitchen by distinguishing from what are myths and what are facts about microwave ovens.
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