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For many, microwaves are a bit antiquated. Many people have felt uneasy with microwaving food for years. For some, that’s due to the fact that microwaves often destroy the nutritional value of foods. For others, it is because they don’t feel microwaves are safe.
Maybe they aren’t.
According to a Doctor from Trent University, when humans are exposed to 2.4 GHZ, their heart rates can be altered. This can cause a stress response in the body, or electrohypersensitivity (EHS). Allegedly, this can also be connected to heart palpitations and clumping red blood cells.
Here is an excerpt from Doctor Magda Havas’ study.
“This is the first study that documents immediate and dramatic changes in both heart rate and heart rate variability caused by an approved device that generates microwaves at levels well below (0.3 percent) federal guidelines in both Canada and the United States.”
Havas also believes that microwaves can lead to blood sugar spikes. He claims this happens within 3-feet of use.
People for years have claimed to have experienced dizziness, anxiety, depression, and headaches while exposed to microwaves. I’d be hardpressed to believe we’d ever regulate these machines if this were the case, considering how profitable pharmaceutical medicines are to the sick.
Microwaves were invented during the World War 2 era, it was taken on by Raytheon. But it wasn’t until Amana Corporation in 1967 that we got microwaves which were convenient for home use. There rapid heating abilities changed the way many Americans approached breakfast, lunch and dinner. Microwaves cut down cooking times to almost zilch. Big Food began to market directly to microwave owners with frozen dinners.
Some magnetrons have ceramic insulators with beryllium oxide (beryllia) added. The beryllium in such oxides is a serious chemical hazard if crushed then inhaled or ingested. In addition, beryllia is listed as a confirmed human carcinogen by the IARC; therefore, broken ceramic insulators or magnetrons should not be handled. This is a danger if the microwave oven becomes physically damaged, if the insulator cracks, or when the magnetron is opened and handled, yet not during normal usage.
Popcorn: Many people believe that popcorn must be nuked. This is because many popcorn manufacturers marketed their food product in such a way. But it isn’t true. Microwaving popcorn isn’t the best way. You can make popcorn with a stovetop and oil. I have this Steel Popcorn Popper for the stovetop that works amazing. My kids seriously love the popcorn it makes.
Leftovers: Leftovers are one of the biggest reasons people cite for using microwaves. But you can use a regular oven for this, just as well, and with far better results in terms of taste. Try a cast iron dutch oven for amazing results. (Here’s a highly rated one on Amazon).
Are Microwaves Seriously Bad?
I can’t vouch for the study above. But I will say this, my instincts have long guided me away from microwaves. They’ve just never sat right with me. The fact is, cooking foods at such unnatural speeds would seem to come with some sort of unwanted side-effects. But that’s just my worthless opinion. The bigger thing for me is that microwaved food taste gross. And it really isn’t that much more convenient that just using your oven or stovetop.
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