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microwaving food

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2011 at 11:05 PM

HoW BAD IS IT to use it? Does time matter more or temp for nutrients? Does it destroy the digestive enzymes? I often nuke veggies, cheese et. or reheat food so i am worried about this daily.

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on May 25, 2011
at 08:05 AM

Search -> microwave http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/microwave#axzz1NIaeVY2o

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on May 25, 2011
at 07:24 AM

True, I may be holding onto some debunked fears, but in these cases it's not so much the science that I can't swallow/understand, it's the idea that any marketed product-for-profit techie short-cutter is going to be better for you.

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:58 AM

My microwave stays wonderfully clean, actually. Cooks carrots, asparagus etc very efficiently, quickly and they taste amazing as very much less of the nutrients / flavours are leaching out into a pot of boiling water.

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on May 25, 2011
at 03:27 AM

That's a bit like being scared of a solar eclipse because you think the sun might never come back. Once you understand the science of a solar eclipse you know damn well the sun will be back in a few moments and there is nothing to be afraid of. I'm not saying don't be skeptical but it bores me when people keep spouting the same unfounded rubbish whether it be about the goodness of whole grains or the evils of microwaves.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:14 AM

This is a great misconception.

Heating food can alter the nutritional properties of food. Sometimes it makes them more bio-available, sometimes it lessens some of the nutritional goodness (but could we have absorbed them anyway?).

Microwaves don't magically destroy nutrients or enzymes or anything else. In fact it appears that cooking by microwave actually leaves more of the nutrients in the food (and not in the cooking water) .

Here is a good summary of the story from respected Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2006/03/23/1597903.htm

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:27 AM

I prefer cooking the slow oldfashioned way. I dont trust microwaves because its so hard to control their cooking. On stovetop you can see the progress and keep tasting as the food cooks. And it doesnt really take that long!. And i hate cleaning microwave ovens, pots and pans are so fast to rinse.

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on May 25, 2011
at 06:58 AM

My microwave stays wonderfully clean, actually. Cooks carrots, asparagus etc very efficiently, quickly and they taste amazing as very much less of the nutrients / flavours are leaching out into a pot of boiling water.

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:35 AM

Let me first preface this with a very generalized distrust of "modern convenience."

I don't own one, and I never will. I won't put food in one, I usually eat food room temp if not warmed from cooking. If it's been in the fridge I leave it out to warm up a bit.

It uses an amount of electricity that would be potentially deadly to people (3000V) that is then turned into microwaves, a form of radiation. When this radiation passes through your food, it switches the polarity of the molecules back and forth, causing friction and heat.

There's a reason why you "nuke" something in the microwave. How that process doesn't seriously denature food (and WATER) I have no idea. AND you're advised not to be near it when it's going! Creepy!

I just can't help think that this is one of those short-cuts that really should never have existed, let alone marketed and placed in homes (i.e. margarine, cell phones).

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on May 25, 2011
at 03:27 AM

That's a bit like being scared of a solar eclipse because you think the sun might never come back. Once you understand the science of a solar eclipse you know damn well the sun will be back in a few moments and there is nothing to be afraid of. I'm not saying don't be skeptical but it bores me when people keep spouting the same unfounded rubbish whether it be about the goodness of whole grains or the evils of microwaves.

9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

(341)

on May 25, 2011
at 07:24 AM

True, I may be holding onto some debunked fears, but in these cases it's not so much the science that I can't swallow/understand, it's the idea that any marketed product-for-profit techie short-cutter is going to be better for you.

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Life's too short to worry about using the microwave when you need to get something hot fast.

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