3 Biggest Microwave Oven Myths Debunked

Have you ever heard how dangerous microwaves are for your health? Most of us own a microwave so do not believe everything you read or hear about them. Read below to find out the truth about most of these myths and rumors.

Myth 1: Microwaves give you cancer

Reality: Microwaves operate using radio waves, this type of radiation is around us all day, whether you use a microwave or not. The radio waves from microwaves are more concentrated than everyday radiation but even so it is safely contained within the microwave unit. Microwaves do not use x-rays or gamma rays which are on the higher end of the radiation spectrum. There is no evidence that when used correctly microwaves pose a health risk.

Myth 2: Microwaving destroys nutrients in food

Reality: Nutrients break down when exposed to heat, no matter the source. This applies to cooking in general and not just microwaves, cooking foods in water or other liquids can also make nutrients leach out of the food. It has been reported by WHO that microwaving your food is a safe way to prepare it and it retains about the same level of nutrients as when food is cooked on a stovetop or in the oven. Microwaving is quicker and uses very little liquid, it might even preserve more nutrients than other cooking methods such as boiling or baking.

Myth 3: Microwaved water alters DNA and kills plants

Reality: Microwaving water does not alter DNA. Water itself does not actually even contain DNA but could contain some from other living creatures that contaminate it. However, microwaving food or water only makes the molecules vibrate rather than changing their structure. Microwaves are one of our greatest cooking innovations, combining safety with efficiency and convenience. With these common myths debunked it is time to get back to cooking and using microwaves!