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Anyone else not use a microwave here?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2011 at 6:40 PM

i'm of the opinion that using a microwave destroys the whole point of buying good-quality healthy food, due to the major loss of nutrients. (a double whammy especially when our food is being grown in such nutrient-depleted soils already!) there are a host of other ways to cook that don't necessitate as much nutrient loss.

so whenever i hear of a paleo using a microwave, i'm baffled.

how do you justify using a microwave, despite the health concerns? Any thoughts? I'm open to hearing different perspectives. Maybe microwaves aren't nearly as bad as they're made out to be? Personally, i would use it to disinfect a dishcloth or heat up water for non-food related things, but never something that will go in my body. not even for tea.

There are many concerns with microwave ovens, among them:

* Carcinogenic toxins could be leached from plastic or paper plates or covers and mix with your food.
* The food temperature may become extremely hot, at temperatures high enough to cause burns or steam buildup that could explode--this is especially problematic for baby bottles, and is one of the reasons why baby bottles should never be heated in the microwave (microwaving can also break down the disease-fighting ability of breast milk).
* Vegetables and other food lose valuable, cancer-fighting nutrients when cooked in the microwave.
* The chemical structure of foods changes when microwaved, with unknown consequences.

There have been very few studies done to determine what kinds of changes occur in foods that are microwaved, but rest assured the changes are significant.

Consider the 1991 lawsuit involving a woman who had hip surgery and died because the blood used in her blood transfusion was warmed in a microwave. Blood is routinely warmed before transfusions, but not by microwave. The microwave altered the blood and it killed the woman.

Microwave cooking vibrates the molecules in your food to levels they were never designed to experience. This tends to damage the highly perishable nutrients so they are unable to nourish you the way they were designed to.

A study published in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli "zapped" in the microwave with a little water lost up to 97 percent of the beneficial antioxidant chemicals it contains. By comparison, steamed broccoli lost 11 percent or fewer of its antioxidants.

Besides the loss of nutrients, microwaving forms new compounds (radiolytic compounds) that are unknown to humans and nature. It???s not yet known exactly what these compounds do in the human body. It will likely be a difficult thing to sort out, especially when there are previously unknown compounds being introduced to humans from a variety of sources such as new food products (i.e., olestra) and genetically modified foods.

Perhaps the most concrete evidence of the dangers of microwaves comes from Dr. Hans Hertel, a Swiss food scientist, who carried out a small but high-quality study on the effects of microwaved food on humans. His conclusions were clear and alarming: microwave cooking significantly altered the food???s nutrients enough so that changes occurred in the particpants??? blood--changes that suggested deterioration. The changes included:

* Increased cholesterol levels
* More leukocytes, or white blood cells, which can suggest poisoning
* Decreased numbers of red blood cells
* Production of radiolytic compounds (compounds unknown in nature)
* Decreased hemoglobin levels, which could indicate anemic tendencies 

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:33 AM

http://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/article_0685bd79-f1c7-5482-bddf-9cc2c97d45c5.html

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 22, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Actually, I use mine for 3 things: make hummingbird syrup, dissolve rapadura sugar for water kefir and--most often--as a "safe house" for things my kitties would get into if I left the room.

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on September 19, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I think that if you would spend some time thinking of what goes on in the micro that is TOTALLY UNNATURAL so the resulting mass of food cannot be anywhere near what it started as. NO Thanks on the micro. I stopped using one waaay before I became computer literate or even read something on the dangers of cooking this way. MY own thoughts rule the way I choose to live. Live long & Prosper!

3806aa4cc77b896a11608d8a6a16e57c

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on April 18, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Paul Chek is against microwaves as well. That is enough for me. I haven't used a microwave since I read Eat, Move and be Healthy by him over 1year ago.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on April 18, 2011
at 01:17 AM

There you go Thomas, that's the way to do it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 15, 2011
at 01:23 PM

Don't confuse countering pseudoscience and scaremongering with defending microwave use. - - Thank you!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on April 14, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Did you not know that microwaving water instantly turns it into radioactive toxic quantum goo? :)

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on April 14, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I've never read a single thing on his site, because it always flashes up a big obnoxious mailing list signup box over the content. How am I supposed to know whether I want to receive your newsletter if I can't read any of your stuff first?

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on April 14, 2011
at 08:16 PM

We did the same thing: put it in a box in the garage for a few months to see whether we'd miss it. Nope.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Got any videos of that? I'll have to see it to answer your question :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on April 14, 2011
at 02:13 PM

a downvote? something wrong with heating up a mug of water in the microwave that I should know about?

Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on April 14, 2011
at 03:05 AM

i only cited mercola off the top of my head. but the dangers of microwaves are well-known. btw, i am curious.. why is he considered such a quack? i guess i wouldnt consider him a health authority and wouldn't trust his advice with my life, but i see that he seems somewhat knowledgeable in the field of nutrition. is it because he sells products off his nutrition ideologies and thus seems more like a gimmicky type? not challenging you, i'd just like to know what you think.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on April 14, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I have a gas stove and I dance in front of it. Does that count?

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on April 13, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I cook once a week, and reheat all my meals, using my stove/oven.. Usually takes 20-30 min... I'm doing something else in the meantime, so it doesn't real affect me time-wise..

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 13, 2011
at 07:58 PM

can anyone post sources that are NOT quack Dr. Mercola??

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 13, 2011
at 07:57 PM

ugh Mercola, what a you know what...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Mercola is almost as nutty as Dr. Oz. Microwaves are not ideal. Neither is sitting at a desk all day or driving 2+ hours in traffic. I do all three.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:15 PM

to me they embody everything that's wrong with American food culture. The notion that hands off, snappy, fast and easy is best. A total disconnect with your dinner. Although that said, we had one as a kid and I really always did want to put a cd in it when cd's came out.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:11 PM

They can defend away, I won't change my mind :) for one, i can always tell when food has been microwaved because it's usually too damn hot and its too damn hot through and through. The main argument for microwaves is that they destroy nutrients less than other cooking methods supposedly, but this is only potentially true if you cook your food for the absolute least amount of time it requires to be cooked. Nobody does this. Nobody. Not even culinary pros I've worked with in the past in professional kitchens. Nobody even knows precisely what these times are.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on April 13, 2011
at 06:59 PM

3. Admittedly, we should question the structural changes of foods heated in a microwave, but if the consequences of such changes are unknown, then we can't really say they're negative yet, can we? In the end, the real concern here is over decreased nutritional elements, but that goes for things like boiling veggies instead of steaming them, also.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on April 13, 2011
at 06:58 PM

Of the four concerns mentioned, three are questionable factors. 1. Leaching of toxins from plastic and other containers is less a function of the microwave and more a function of the container. If we heat foods in containers made of questionable compounds in the oven or stove, the same issues persist. 2. Extremely hot food temperatures? How many people have burned themselves on things heated on the stove or in the oven more often than from the microwave? Our guess is a lot more.

Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on April 13, 2011
at 06:57 PM

exactly! i've noticed that cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave make em taste bland and rubbery, but in the oven, they develop that delicious caramelization that CANNOT COMPARE!

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Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:05 PM

Of the four concerns mentioned, three are questionable factors.

  1. Leaching of toxins from plastic and other containers is less a function of the microwave and more a function of the container. If we heat foods in containers made of questionable compounds in the oven or stove, the same issues persist.

  2. Extremely hot food temperatures? How many people have burned themselves on things heated on the stove or in the oven more often than from the microwave? Our guess is a lot more.

  3. Admittedly, we should question the structural changes of foods heated in a microwave, but if the consequences of such changes are unknown, then we can't really say they're negative yet, can we?

In the end, the real concern here is over decreased nutritional elements, but that goes for things like boiling veggies instead of steaming them, also.

That all said, we admit that our microwaving has become much less frequent over the years. We boil water in it occasionally for a recipe when our stove-top is crowded, but eat leftovers cold more often.

Our microwave also doubles as a toaster oven, which is a neat feature, and we'll probably start using that more often.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Mercola is almost as nutty as Dr. Oz. Microwaves are not ideal. Neither is sitting at a desk all day or driving 2+ hours in traffic. I do all three.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 13, 2011
at 07:57 PM

ugh Mercola, what a you know what...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 13, 2011
at 09:53 PM

All of you are wimps! Why, I don't use a microwave OR stove. I build a fire and dance around it.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on April 14, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I have a gas stove and I dance in front of it. Does that count?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Got any videos of that? I'll have to see it to answer your question :)

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on April 18, 2011
at 01:17 AM

There you go Thomas, that's the way to do it.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on April 14, 2011
at 08:41 PM

Re: Mercola Mercola uses his MD to act like a PhD. The truth is, to get an MD you need barely any training in statistics or nutrition. His newsletters are full of sensationalist interpretations of studies, often those which are preliminary or inapplicable in vivo. Oh, but that's OK, because he sells just the right expensive supplement for all the problems he writes about. Total dreck. BTW I work with scientists and none of them believe microwaves are dangerous. There is TONS of evidence that frying and searing are and I do know scientists that steam or microwave all their food. It's just technophobia to demonize microwaves. I fry/sear a lot less since I've read the scientific literature on it. It's too bad since its so delicious :(

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on April 14, 2011
at 10:05 PM

I don't use a microwave much for cooking as I like to cook and for many foods the results are not as good as for other methods. Heating stuff up and cooking sweet potatoes are the exceptions. I managed fine without one untill I was 25.

Don't confuse countering pseudoscience and scaremongering with defending microwave use.

I was going to attempt to counter some of the missinformation quoted in the article you link too however I really can't be bothered. It appears that Mercola has collected together scraps of microwave nonsense from all the around the web in one article. If you want to know why it is incorrect or misinterpreted you can look it up for yourself.

"but the dangers of microwaves are well-known" Yes if by "well-known" you mean endlessly repeated scare stories and conspiracy theroies around the internet.

Mercola is a quack because he uses his Dr title to spread missinformation and sell products. Like any good quack he inlcudes just enough truth to draw people in. However his website is a complete den of iniquity for anyone who actually cares about truth, accuracy and science in the areas of human health.

If you don't want to use a microwave then don't, there is no reason to if you don't want to.

Just please don't avoid them out of fear.

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(18701)

on April 15, 2011
at 01:23 PM

Don't confuse countering pseudoscience and scaremongering with defending microwave use. - - Thank you!

9f8111d9ecaa64ea098a0860b47300e0

on September 19, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I think that if you would spend some time thinking of what goes on in the micro that is TOTALLY UNNATURAL so the resulting mass of food cannot be anywhere near what it started as. NO Thanks on the micro. I stopped using one waaay before I became computer literate or even read something on the dangers of cooking this way. MY own thoughts rule the way I choose to live. Live long & Prosper!

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Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 13, 2011
at 06:47 PM

i don't even own one because

  1. I don't like soggy food
  2. the reasons you outlined above (ive never trusted them)
  3. i don't see whats so time saving about them. anything a microwave can do i can do on my stovetop or in an oven

i do have to say though, that I think toaster ovens are great and wonderful things. Why heat up my whole oven just to bake 4 eggs over ham? I am also considering getting an induction plate, since they're pretty cool and I'm interested.

Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on April 13, 2011
at 06:57 PM

exactly! i've noticed that cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave make em taste bland and rubbery, but in the oven, they develop that delicious caramelization that CANNOT COMPARE!

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065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:21 PM

I haven't owned a microwave in almost a decade - there's nothing they're needed for that a toaster oven can't do just as well. Microwaved food is just icky in texture and taste.

I also hate the culture of food that's sprung up around the microwave: food that you wouldn't eat unless you have one, like pizza pops, or microwave rice in a bag, or those abysmal lunch entree thingies marketed at office workers. Horrible, horrible stuff that no one should be eating.

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Ours broke. We didn't replace it. The teenagers are PISSED!

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Medium avatar

(12379)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:31 PM

I use a microwave at work to heat up my leftovers. It's all we have at my office, so it's what I use. I do 10-30 sec intervals so that I can stop when my food is warm. I am heating up delicious leftovers from the night before and not pizzapops or the like. And I enjoy my food warm. I don't notice a decline in the quality of my leftovers as long as I watch the time that it spends in the microwave. I don't microwave at home often - unless the little guy is getting super antsy for food - and let me tell you telling a 21 month old to wait for his food is an excercise in futility - so I gotta do what I gotta do.

I'm not going to feel bad about it. It's how I make do with what I've got.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on April 16, 2011
at 01:07 AM

i don't own a microwave, (and fwiw, i don't think it's "paleo"), and mercola's a shameless sensationalist.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on April 13, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Yeah, no. Not buying it. I only use the microwave to reheat and to cook eggs but have no issues or concerns doing either. I've never seen any credible science that supports Mercola's claims. Show me that and I may reconsider but otherwise these claims just make no sense to me. (Well, I'll give ya the don't reheat in plastic one. That one I believe is true but that's a function of crappy plastic and no of microwave technology.)

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on April 13, 2011
at 06:58 PM

i heat up water and maybe white rice with water drizzled in it for moisture. not much else in the microwave.

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(19245)

on April 14, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Did you not know that microwaving water instantly turns it into radioactive toxic quantum goo? :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on April 14, 2011
at 02:13 PM

a downvote? something wrong with heating up a mug of water in the microwave that I should know about?

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26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:41 AM

I don't use a microwave. I burnt ours out trying to defrost some frozen okra (BAD IDEA). If we replaced it, it would mean that my husband could easily nuke up some Pizza Rolls, instead of eating the nutritious and scrummy dinner that I assembled for him. It does suck that we have to reheat leftovers on the stove or oven though, as it requires more dishes (no dishwasher, either). On the other hand, this laziness works to my advantage, since I have to really think about whether or not I want to go through the time and effort to eat something. Am I actually hungry, or just a wee bit peckish? Laziness usually prevails. I do have a micro at work, though, which I am grateful to use for heating up my leftovers :)

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on September 14, 2011
at 06:24 PM

Please tell me how the microwaves produced in a microwave alter the chemical structure of a food any differently then the infra-red waves from a fire would alter the chemical structure of the food?

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on April 18, 2011
at 12:07 AM

I analyzed that 2003 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture article here: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=1315.

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03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on April 14, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I have no idea whether the health concerns are real, but we sold ours for $10 when we moved. It took up too much counter space that's better used for other things. We only really used it for heating up leftovers anyway. Soups and other runny things can be heated on the stovetop in 5 minutes, and the oven will warm up a plate of food in 15-20. Likewise, melting butter and boiling water really don't take that long over a flame. If I'm in that big a hurry, it's probably a sign I should slow down.

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E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

on April 13, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Once I got into real food, the microwave got relegated to melting butter and reheating leftover take out. While I'm not convinced that microwaves are dangerous, I'm not convinced that they're safe, and I AM convinced that they're totally unnecessary. And take up a lot of space.

So when it died a few months ago, I got really excited, and talked hubs into at least considering a toaster oven as an alternative (same space, same price, and I can rotisserie a chicken in it- try that in a micro!). After a few weeks of reheating his pizza or Chinese in a skillet and buying a tiny cast iron skillet to melt butter in (which I love, because I use it for BUTTER and it has "Dieter's Skillet" embossed on the inside), he finally agreed that we have no need of a microwave at all. We did get the toaster oven though, because he was geeking over the rotisserie and our gas oven is too hot to use over the summer, and because I got a great deal on it. But even that isn't strictly necessary.

We do use the microwave at work though. I don't like cold food often, and hubs is still mostly SAD (I fall between WAPF and Primal/Lacto-Paleo), so it's just practical to use what they provide at work. But that's pretty much it.

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25d194527c9d73646583a7cf1c5d477e

on April 13, 2011
at 08:30 PM

It shouldn't be that baffling. Convenience makes paleo more accessible. Anything that increases my chances of eating right is a good thing.

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Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on April 13, 2011
at 06:54 PM

You're not alone. I don't use them either. But I'm anticipating a lot of responses defending microwave use, seems like a lot of people on here use them.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:11 PM

They can defend away, I won't change my mind :) for one, i can always tell when food has been microwaved because it's usually too damn hot and its too damn hot through and through. The main argument for microwaves is that they destroy nutrients less than other cooking methods supposedly, but this is only potentially true if you cook your food for the absolute least amount of time it requires to be cooked. Nobody does this. Nobody. Not even culinary pros I've worked with in the past in professional kitchens. Nobody even knows precisely what these times are.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 13, 2011
at 07:15 PM

to me they embody everything that's wrong with American food culture. The notion that hands off, snappy, fast and easy is best. A total disconnect with your dinner. Although that said, we had one as a kid and I really always did want to put a cd in it when cd's came out.

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 17, 2011
at 10:01 PM

Ever since I went paleo, I have no need for microwaves, stoves, or ovens. I use the power and will of my ancestral mind to make my food just the way I want it.

** ahem *

Yes, I still use a microwave to heat up food. I'm not convinced that they're bad for us. I used to know someone who cooked everything in a microwave. Her idea of gourmet though was lean cuisine or a can of corn heated up. Blech.

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0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:07 PM

A couple of years ago, we stored ours away in the garage, just to see if we could live without it. 6 months later we gave it to my dad's minister and haven't looked back. I always hated the way foods tasted kinda soggy after being reheated in the microwave, so taking a few extra minutes to do it properly in the oven or stove top is worth it to me.

I'm not sold one way or the other on whether microwaves are harmful, but it's definitely a kitchen tool I no longer want or need.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on April 14, 2011
at 08:16 PM

We did the same thing: put it in a box in the garage for a few months to see whether we'd miss it. Nope.

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Af585d245707146dbae6991f0d48d091

on April 13, 2011
at 08:13 PM

I work 50+ hours so I'm not able to sit at home and cook every meal so a microwave is a must to heat up my meals

Dd017a9b1f2d6a9c220859f780da09c5

on April 13, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I cook once a week, and reheat all my meals, using my stove/oven.. Usually takes 20-30 min... I'm doing something else in the meantime, so it doesn't real affect me time-wise..

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on April 13, 2011
at 07:31 PM

I dont use one. I want to be able to hear, smell and taste the food while i am cooking it. I dont generally reheat food except for braises, and that i will do in an real oven. Warms more evenly and not too quickly, and u can baste the meat.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I might be of a different mindset, but the microwave helps me tremendously to stay as paleo as possible. I'm a very busy phd student and I microwave whole fish filets daily for a quick meal. I also buy mainly frozen veggies and steam them in a bowl with a touch of water and a plate on top to trap the steam. I cook in bulk a lot and portion my paleo friendly stews and meat dishes into bpa free containers to microwave at my office or for a quick dinner. It's all a trade off of staying as paleo as possible.

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E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:31 PM

threw mine out, 2 years ago

best decision ever

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0322015c4939fe66483d9af05079ad87

on January 05, 2013
at 02:13 PM

I use my microwave for disinfecting sponges. Everything else tastes better made in the regular oven.

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31a4729f4fbd3b3780e580984fed7bba

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on January 05, 2013
at 10:59 AM

I dont have a microwave because:

  1. I dont trust them
  2. Beaming food with waves to cause heat by molecular friction is unnatural
  3. Its not paleo (or even "traditional")
  4. The waves they produce may be unhealthy to people nearby
  5. Food cooked in a microwave tastes gross.
  6. they encorage a culture of trash food.
  7. They take up too much space.
  8. They may compromise the nutritional quality of food.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:33 AM

I would never use a microwave oven. Is there any proof that our paleo ancestors did use them?

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6651ee423be90b1bfc1e600ef0c53a5e

on January 22, 2012
at 12:39 AM

I've never had a microwave and I don't think they're a good way to cook. I got into the paleo thing quite by accident: I found out I had hep c, started doing dietary experiments, was doing my best to follow my body's directives, went gluten-free then lost my taste for grains, beans kinda followed the grains, started eating more meat, gave in to my craving for organ meats, and then suddenly found there was a whole big gang of people eating that way, and they even had a name and cookbooks and websites and everything! Way cool!

The one thing that surprised me was how many of the recipes used microwaves. To this California hippiepunk, that's downright freaky...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 22, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Actually, I use mine for 3 things: make hummingbird syrup, dissolve rapadura sugar for water kefir and--most often--as a "safe house" for things my kitties would get into if I left the room.

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3edf46d729f17cfff798b66eaa1ecb02

on April 18, 2011
at 12:20 AM

I don't own one. I had one in my first apartment (included with the rent) and it was a huge enabler for me to binge pretty uncontrollably, usually on junky processed foods. This was pre-paleo, and pretty trapped in disordered eating. I just never bought one after that experience.

I do heat things in pyrex in the microwave at work because my break is short and I don't have access to a stove.

At home, reheating things in covered cast iron on the stove seems to work just fine and is quick enough. I can't speak highly enough about the slow cooker and pressure cooker. Both make food that tastes much better than the microwave can do, even if they require a little more planning.

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(5853)

on April 14, 2011
at 07:36 PM

I dont like micro because i like cooking on stove top and oven. Its more fun. I like to have something to do. Then again i have an immersion circulator, i am not sure what to think of it. Sure you can make medium rare short ribs with it that are amazing. It just feels so clinical. I wish i had an gas stove top. But gas is not so common in our country. I cooked once with one and it was so practical. It could get a lot of heat to a skillet, or just very little if needed. Very good! My electric is so underpowered and the cooking hobs are too small for my big skillets that i love. Perhaps i am compensating something with large skillets. Yep, i am ;D but dont tell anyone. :)

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I got rid of my microwave before I ever went paleo because I realized I was buying crappy convinience food instead of really cooking. Now I live somewhere that has one built in but I never use it. Nothing tastes good in the micro except maybe steamed veggies, but I prefer sauteeing veggies in butter so it's a useless artifact in my house.

I'm not really afraid of it, I just don't think it leads to healthy eating practices.

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:10 PM

I have a friend who uses the microwave more than the stove because it uses less energy. He, however, is not concerned with flavor (considering the choice of restaurants he picks).

Me on the other hand... I use it to heat of dog food, heat up water for tea when I don't have time to wait for the stove, and to re-heat leftovers.

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Interesting! I've never thought about it but I rarely use mine, occasionally to heat hubby's dinner because he never comes home at the same time so keeping it hot isn't always practical. I don't eat any instant foods, everything from scratch and real; even left overs for me are difficult because of the developing histamines that aggravate my system. I guess I dont eat anything from the microwave, good discussion!

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on April 13, 2011
at 07:44 PM

We never had a microwave growing up, Mom just cooked everything stovetop, in the oven, or in the toaster oven. I lived with some people for a while and there was a microwave, and I found myself susceptible to the Lean Cuisines and Smart Choice crap because of it. But once I moved out of there, I never bothered with getting a microwave, and feel like I am healthier for it, and appreciate the process of cooking in and of itself. Like a poster above I've been in office situations where the only option for warm food was the microwave, but in that case, you just make due. It's not completely horrible to have a microwave, IMO, but as far as I'm concerned, there is no need for a microwave in my home.

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on April 13, 2011
at 07:21 PM

I agree and I don't use mine that often, and when I do,(for a quick reheat) I say, "I think I am killing all the nutrients that used to be in this food." (thanks for the reminder)

I think related to this:

I have noticed in other posts that are regarding microwaving, or anything relating to electro magnetic fields (EMF) there is someone out there denying it. This is why I think this happens: Because the whole world would come to a halt if we all stopped using electricity. I think its unnatural so I personally try minimize my usage in my small ways. Like for example, unplugging the cordless phones at night, turning off the wi-fi at night, turning off cell phones for sure at night. This gives my family less over-all exposure.

I read on Snopes that water microwaved vs regular tap water (room temperature) killed a plant and that was listed as a myth...I really want to try this sometime for myself.

Thanks for bringing attention to this subject.

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on April 13, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Don't own one either.

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on January 05, 2013
at 04:58 PM

Must confess, I'm another one of those scary, backward, anti-science neo-Luddites who doesn't own a microwave. ;-)

Since starting Paleo, I've tried to build up a better physical, and you might even say 'spiritual' (if that doesn't sound too kooky) relationship to the food I eat. To me, microwave ovens epitomise the clinical approach to food preparation which I believe is one of the major failings of Western nutritional practices. Not having a microwave forces me to take time and care over the things that I cook. I like to be able to smell and stir my food as I cook it and feel some kind of connection with it (I heat it entirely under the warm glow of my smug, self-righteous pretentiousness).

Also, microwave-cooked food just tastes plain icky!

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on January 22, 2012
at 06:10 AM

Once I learned to cook, the microwave became useless and I got rid of it. That was years ago.

I use the stove, the oven, and the toaster oven. I have great meals, and heating up something from yesterday or thawing something from the freezer doesn't take long. I'd rather use conventional cooking techniques and get good results than have something fast and so-so from the microwave.

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on April 13, 2011
at 10:12 PM

Microwaves freak me the f*@k out!

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on April 13, 2011
at 09:46 PM

Makes me wonder, but I am waiting for more studies. Will continue to use it until then.

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I don't know about the negatives, but I don't own one. I don't find myself missing it, at all. YMMV.

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Easiest and most efficient way to cook crispy bacon hands down!

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