Let’s face it. We all have that friend or older family member wondering are microwaves dangerous? Have they studied the advancements in appliances and the microwave oven? Well, look to the appliance experts at Home-Tech to walk you through Microwaves 101. What should you really know? In all honesty, the most dangerous thing about a microwave is burning yourself on the hot food that comes out.
True or False: Microwaves Destroy the Nutrients in Food?
FALSE. We have found that most studies on the topic reveal very little difference in nutrient value of foods cooked in a microwave versus food cooked by other heating methods. Certainly, there are delicate vitamins, like vitamin C, that are widely known to be damaged by heat. Fortunately for all of us in Florida, vitamin C is plentiful in fruits and vegetables. We recommend eating a wide variety of raw fruits and vegetables to supplement your nutritional intake.
True or False: Microwaves Will Make Me or My Food Radioactive?
FALSE. Microwaves are a non-ionizing form of radiation. Before you get worried, this means they are not powerful enough to expose radioactivity to foods you are warming. When this radiation, like the kind that occurs in your microwave oven, is applied in intense doses, it then causes polarized molecules to rotate. This then creates friction, which then heats the substance. This is how a microwave oven warms your food. So to answer the question, no, microwaves will not make you or your food radioactive.
According to our friend and scientist, Darya Pino, PhD, his research has found that, “the greatest danger from being exposed to microwaves is burning”. If the seal on your microwave oven is compromised and your skin or eyes are near this area, there is a slight risk of injury. Luckily, microwave construction over the past several decades has become very efficient and it is extremely unlikely your microwave is leaking. If you are worried that your microwave might be leaking, it is probably time for a new one, (or an appliance repair from Home-Tech).
Aren’t sure what microwave is right for you, or if you need a Home-Tech appliance repair technician to take a look at your microwave? Call us and we can help you through the process. Our extremely helpful customer service department is there to take your call and answer your questions, anytime. Home-Tech is just a call away at (800) 800-8356.