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Is Microwave Cooking Unhealthy?

1050057_229626191When we think microwaves and radiation, we think nuclear power plants and specialized space suits. It all sounds scary – and it is. So it’s not wonder that people are concerned about the health implications of microwave cooking.

According to Robert Brackett, Ph.D., director of the National Center for Food Safety and Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the microwaves used for cooking are many, many times weaker than gamma rays or x-rays. In fact, the changes in the microwaved food occur from heat generated within the food – and not the actual microwaves. As Dr. Brackett notes, “microwave cooking is really no different from any other cooking method that applies heat to food.”

It’s also untrue that microwave cooking is anymore destructive to nutrients versus other cooking methods. It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking with an oven, a stove, a grill or a microwave, it’s the amount of heat and cooking time that can impact nutrient loss; heat and water-sensitive nutrients are lost at hotter temperatures and longer cooking durations. Because microwaves cut down cooking time, they can actually help minimize nutrient loss.

Of course, it’s important to use microwave safe containers so that harmful plastics don’t contaminate your food.