Science is proving that heating your family's food with a microwave can be harmful to human health. According to this article, the difference between heating your food on the stove or steaming it vs. using a microwave's radiation to heat it is that microwaves deform and distort the molecules in food while conventional heating methods don't. This matters because once the food molecules have been altered, the nutritional value of the food drops drastically.
Microwaves work by causing water molecules to resonate at very high frequencies, converting them into steam and thereby heating your food. While this might be a convenient way to prepare your food, using microwave radiation in this way actually changes the chemical structure of that food. Multiple studies have shown the serious damage in nutritional content caused by microwaving items such as
broccoli, garlic and breast milk. Studies showed that microwave heating actually destroyed the active healing properties of foods.
The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture examined what microwaves do to broccoli, finding that broccoli, after being microwaved, lost up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants. By comparison, when researchers steamed broccoli, they discovered that it only lost 11% or fewer of its antioxidants.
A study using the super food garlic found that just 60 seconds in a microwave can render its principle active ingredient (alliinase) as useless.
Microwaves have also been found to destroy immune-boosting agents that are found in breast milk. These are disease-fighting nutrients which are essential to the health and development of the child. For example, one study found that microwaving breast milk caused a decrease in lysozyme activity and antibodies, and aided the growth of more pathogenic bacteria. The interesting thing about this study is that the researchers found that more damage was done to the milk from microwaving compared to any other method of heating.
Dr. Mercola states on his website: I don't recommend storing your food in plastic or cooking it in a microwave, but if you're going to use either, at least don't use them together. Microwaving food in a plastic container virtually guarantees that your food will be contaminated with plastic chemicals that have leached into your food during the heating process.
The sad state of our soils is yet another reason to ditch your microwave and respect our food's natural nutritional content. Over the past century, the quality of fresh food has declined due to soil depletion, unsustainable industrial farming practices, overproduction of crops and the use of artificial fertilizers and toxic pesticides and herbicides such as glyphosate, which acts as a mineral chelator. You can no longer assume you're getting all of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients you need by eating a multitude of fresh produce, even if you're eating organic foods. Not surprisingly, the amount of nutrition in a calorie of food has been reduced over the past 50 years.
Three recent studies of historical food composition have shown 5 to 40 percent declines in some of the minerals in fresh produce, and another study found a similar decline in our protein sources.
So, now more than ever, you must be careful to maximize the "bang for your buck" when it comes to the foods you eat. Research shows your microwave oven will not help you in these efforts. Instead, it will in fact threaten your health by violently ripping the molecules in your food apart, rendering some nutrients inert at best, and carcinogenic at its worst.
Here are a few tips on how to prepare your food after you've ditched your microwave:
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