With the busy schedule most of us have, it can be so tempting to look for short cuts. But when it comes to food preparation, it’s important to do it right and make sure our short cuts aren’t killing us in the long run. Using a microwave to speed up the process of making dinner is very harmful to your family’s health. The radiation used in a microwave speeds up the process of cooking, but it also changes the structure of food and can deplete the food’s nutrients. Returning to simplicity and/or finding healthy shortcuts is one of the core reasons I created Moms Health Zone. Just like you, I’m concerned about how to keep my family healthy in our fast paced world. Convenience foods aren’t convenient if they’re killing us! So I want to show you why to get rid of your microwave, and how you can easily do without it.
Microwaves cause molecules to move very fast which is how they heat food. This “agitation creates molecular friction, which heats up the food. The friction also causes substantial damage to the surrounding molecules, often tearing them apart or forcefully deforming them.” When you heat food in a microwave, you are actually changing the food’s structure and stripping the nutrients from the food. In fact, microwaves actually use radiation (which we know is harmful to our bodies) to heat food. I’m sure they wouldn’t be nearly as popular if they were called what they really are – “radiation ovens.”
Instead of using a microwave, there are many healthier ways to heat your food. Use a teakettle to heat water for hot beverages. At Moms Health Zone I recommend storing leftovers in Pyrex glass dishes (look for them on sale – I buy the rectangular ones as they’re more space efficient than round ones). Reheat your food using the toaster oven in Pyrex containers, foil, or the stovetop. It takes a little longer than a microwave but that extra time can be used for the rest of the meal prep, or other activities with the family. As Clinical Nutritionist Lauren Talbot explains, “when we heat something naturally, it usually takes a ‘few’ more minutes of our time. The heating process is more gradual— the outcome is often better (as far as taste and certainly nutrients).” Food that isn’t heated in a microwave tastes better, isn’t mushy and hasn’t been damaged.
This is where a ‘little bit goes a long way.’ So take a little extra time to keep your family healthy for a lifetime by eliminating the microwave. We could all use a little slowing down and enjoying more. For additional tips on how to keep your family healthy check out more of our posts.
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