5 Microwave Myths Busted and why I love to microwave


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hey guys today we were talking about microwaves and why I love to microwave my food and why I do it quite frequently but first because many of you may be saying what microwaving microwaving is terrible let's talk about why microwaving is terrible why many people believe that microwaving is terrible in other words let's talk about the myths surrounding microwaving the first myth is that microwaving changes the chemical nature the chemical structure of your food and sure chemical and physical changes do occur as a result of microwaving but it has nothing to do with microwaving specifically it has to do with just cooking just applying heat you know the same heat that you would use when you're boiling or steaming or baking food there's no evidence that these cooking methods are any different with regards to the effect that they have on your food that's not quite true when it comes to nutrient loss but I'll get to that in a moment the second myth is that microwaving causes toxins in the containers that you are cooking your food in to leach out of those containers and into your food this is a concern but it's not a concern regarding the microwave it's a concern regarding the containers that you are putting your food in and then putting in the microwave of course you only want to use microwave safe containers and preferably not even plastic at all just stay away from plastics stay away from BPA of course and stick with you know glass and ceramic the third myth is that microwaving blood for transfusions damages the blood damages the DNA so this may sound like what does this have to do with anything but it's really piggybacking off of the first myth the idea that when you cook food or in this case when you cook blood you are damaging the structure of the food or of the blood it is true that microwaving is not an approved method for heating blood for transfusions but this is not because it changes the DNA it's because it can heat the blood too quickly or too unevenly the fourth myth is that microwaves leak high levels of radiation a properly functioning microwave emits tiny amounts of radiation and Plus this radiation is non ionizing radiation not ionizing radiation which is what causes radiation sickness and cancer and all those terrible awful things but if you are still concerned then stepping away from your microwave when it is in use will reduce your exposure the fifth and final myth is that microwaving destroys the nutrients in your food sure just like steaming and baking and boiling do they all destroy at least some amount of nutrients however microwaving actually may have an advantage here due to shorter cooking times and not having to use any water for instance a study from 2009 found that boiling and pressure cooking led to the greatest losses in antioxidants while baking griddling and microwaving led to the least losses in antioxidants in other words there is no evidence that using microwaves using a properly functioning microwave is dangerous and it actually may be advantageous when we're talking about nutrient retention in fact one of my favorite ways to steam is by using the microwave I could use my steamer I could use the stovetop to steam but it's going to take a little bit more time and I'm going to have to use large larger amounts of food to justify that time and so it's gonna be amounts that I'm not going to eat in one sitting so I'll end up putting the rest in the fridge and then reheating at a later date in the case of microwaving I can easily just put one serving of broccoli or one serving of kale or whatever it is into a bowl and you know with a little bit of water and then cover it and put it in the microwave for a couple minutes and then it's ready to go and I can eat it all right there and so again you have another advantage in terms of nutrients because I don't have to put it in the fridge let it sit and then reheat it again which is going to result in more nutrient loss I also love to microwave a meal because who has the patience for stovetop cooking first thing in the morning and of course I use my microwave for reheating leftovers and you may have noticed that I'm not talking about the usual microwave food right I'm talking about whole plants not the convenience processed crap that most people use their microwave for and I think that's why primarily the microwaving has such a bad reputation is because it's associated with Ling cuisine and hungry man and all that kind of crap oh one more thing coconut oil hair treatment stuff when I do my kind of deep conditioner using coconut oil I warm it up in the microwave so that's it those are the myths surrounding microwaving and the reasons why I left a microwave and do it quite often I think it's a pretty cool thing a pretty great piece of technology but I would love to hear from you what do you think about microwaving do you microwave do you not do you think it's evil and awful or do you think it's a wonderful piece of human ingenuity let me know and of course if you like this kind of thing and you're not subscribed then don't forget to subscribe it's pretty cool