When I cook I usually cook a large enough amount so that we have leftovers for lunches or dinners on a busy night. Most people just pop the leftovers into the microwave but that is a no-no in our house. In fact, we don't even have one! Here is why…
Microwaves heat food by causing water molecules in it to resonate at very high frequencies and eventually turn to steam which heats your food. While this can rapidly heat your food it also causes a change in your food’s chemical structure.
There has been surprisingly little research on how microwaves affect organic molecules, or how the human body responds to consuming microwaved food.
Wouldn't you think that a product that sits in more than 90 percent of kitchens would have been thoroughly investigated for safety?The handful of studies that have been done generally agree, for the most part, that microwaving food damages its nutritional value. The microwave turns beautiful organic veggies into “dead” food that can cause disease!
Microwaved food has been associated with the following problems:
- Causes your food to vibrate at very high frequencies, changing your food's chemical structure, structurally deforming its molecules and potentially making nutrients unrecognizable and unusable by your body.
- Creates the formation of free radicals and carcinogenic molecules.
- May result in actual changes to cellular DNA.
- May corrupt or destroy biophotons (light energy in living food).
- Some microwave ovens leak microwave radiation into the surrounding environment.
If you use a microwave to re-heat food, I am sure you are thinking that you can't live without it!
You really CAN survive without a microwave…people are living quite happily without one! You just have to make a few small lifestyle adjustments:
- Plan ahead. Take your dinner out of the freezer that morning or the night before so you don’t end up having to scramble to defrost a 5-pound chunk of beef two hours before dinnertime. Get into the habit of doing a weekly meal plan (or start with one of my meal plan programs)
- Make soups and stews in bulk, and then freeze them in gallon-sized freezer bags or other these mason jars. An hour before meal time, just take one out and defrost it in a sink of water until it’s thawed enough to slip into a pot, then reheat it on the stove.
- A toaster oven (like this one) makes a GREAT microwave replacement for heating up leftovers! Keep it at a low temperature — like 200-250 degrees F — and gently warm a plate of food over the course of 10-15 minutes. This is how I frequently re-heat our leftovers! Tempered glass food storage containers also work great for heating in the toaster oven.
Do you use a microwave? Would you consider giving it up? Share your thoughts in the comments.