Do you know when it feels like deep down you suspect something’s wrong, but you’d rather not know it? Some of my friends comment about Accidentally Green’s posts in this way – they’d rather not know the truth, because ignorance is bliss.
I’ve had a similar question about microwave ovens for the past five years. I’ve wondered if they’re safe, but haven’t wanted to do any research because they’re just so convenient. Ever since my parents got their first microwave for Christmas in 1985, I’ve appreciated the quickness and convenience of the technology.
Could something so convenient be safe … or unsafe?
Ready for my results?
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any conclusive evidence revealing the definite safety or danger of microwaves. The World Health Organization and United States Food and Drug Administration both state that microwaves in good working order are safe. (Dr. Mercola did publish “The Proven Dangers of Microwaves” in 1994 – yet all of the research is about 20 years old.)
Many of my green blogging friends have stopped using microwaves ovens as a health precaution. Instead of popping food in the microwave, they opt for toaster ovens or stovetops. (I appreciate the helpful posts on Red and Honey, Keeper of the Home, The Humbled Homemaker and GNOWFGLINS.)
If you choose to microwave your food, there are some dangers. Microwaved food cooks unevenly, so you need to beware of hot spots. And any plastic or Styrofoam that’s microwaved leach chemicals into the food. If you choose to microwave food, only use glass or ceramic containers.
While the government assures citizens that the radiation from cooking with a microwave isn’t something to worry about, some families choose to remove all sources of radiation from their homes.
Others suspect that the microwave ovens may alter the chemistry in food. But currently, there’s no definitive proof.
What to do?
Ultimately, any decision to microwave is up to you. They’re said to be safe. But if you’re looking for ways to reduce cancer risks, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to make the switch to conventional ovens and toaster ovens.
Personally, I’ve greatly reduced how much I’ve used my family’s microwave. While I use it to reheat leftovers, my family typically uses the timer feature when baking. Once our current microwave croaks, I don’t plan on replacing it.
Do you use your microwave? If you don’t use a microwave, what’s your favorite way to reheat foods?
Today I’m linking up with Women Living Well.
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