How often do you change your mind?
It can be a hard thing to admit that, just perhaps, you’ve been wrong about something.
I posted a couple of weeks ago four reasons to use your microwave. As I was writing out those reasons, I had a little nagging thought that perhaps I should include some safety precautions as well. I had heard about some dangers associated with microwaves, and I didn’t want you to think that using your microwave was risk-free. (Of course, I’m not an expert and this isn’t a scientific article, so don’t decide anything based on what I write.) I even included a link to a Harvard Medical School article about the dangers of microwaving plastic.
A few readers left friendly comments about their non-use of microwaves and the associated dangers. One reader left the link to an article that detailed how microwaves work and why they ought not be used (although I’m not sure of the credentials of the writers).
The article describes microwaves (the actual wave, not the appliance) as short waves of electromagnetic energy traveling at the speed of light. These waves are also used in telephone signals, television programs, and satellites. My husband, the science guy, apparently knew this, but it was new to me. I thought good old-fashioned heat was used to cook food.
As I read that article, there were three light-bulb moments.
Food and drink taste different when microwaved. My husband and I drink cappuccino, mixing the powder into boiling water. It didn’t take long for us to realize that the cappuccino tasted A LOT better when the water was boiled in the kettle instead of in the microwave. Apparently, the microwave changes even a substance as simple as water.
The texture of food is different when microwaved. Have you tried warming up pizza in the oven? How do you like that slimy underside of the crust? The texture of pizza warmed up in the oven is like when it is made fresh.
Blood used for transfusions is not warmed in a microwave. This just boggled my mind. Food is used by our bodies in much the same way, but we heat it in microwaves all the time.
Let’s muddy the issue, though. I also found the article, The Myth about the Dangers of Microwave Ovens, which claims to debunk the above articles. It is cleverly written, but I’m not sure of that writer’s qualifications either.
The bottom line? I don’t know for sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that microwaves are dangerous. But my head tells me that they aren’t natural, so I’m going to try to quit using my microwave. At the least, it should be a fun try at old-fashioned-ness.
Giving up convenience isn’t easy. My husband and I melt butter and warm up leftovers all the time. And I am definitely not telling you to quit your microwave. That’s your decision, not mine.
Retraining habits and undoing common practices can be difficult. But determination can go a long way.
What do you think of this information? Will it make you quit using your microwave? Or do you think I’m crazy? Does this qualify me as crunchy? J
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