Healthy Microwave Home Cooking Fact or Fiction?
Surely you are kidding. Is healthy microwave home cooking under question? Were you surprised to see the news stating concern and questioning the safety of microwave use flash across your screen?
After seeing this statement in a news feed a few days ago the search was on.
This is our #1 backup plan for meals. The way we get our coffee warm again if it cools before we finish the cup. Can we be putting our food into our stomachs all messed up from the microwave?
What is going on here?
Yes, this caused a bit of alarm when I first saw this.
I could not find anything written after mid-2113 about this. What this meant to me was that it could not actually be substantiated in the light of known information.
Yes, I vaguely remember the “safety concerns” when microwaves were new. You may not be old enough to have heard them.
As I do not remember what they were, guess they were not too scary. So seeing this statement made me want to check out more information.
I am glad to report that I did not find any information that made this seem a concern for me. We will continue to re-warm our coffee, as well as all the other items we normally have been doing.
Results of search
What I did find reassured and informed me about using this handy device.
Safety concerns: Yes the microwave does emit radiation. However, this is less than most cell phones emit.
If you are concerned about safe practices, do not stand directly in front of your microwave while it is cooking. If it leaks, it will leak around the door.
Place the food or drink you are microwaving in the oven and start. Then step away. The farther the better of course. However, only a few feet will remove you from the reach of the waves.
Yes, they are there, but at a very low rate. Also, this is far below the levels that the FDA recommends.
Trying to make sure the Microwave stories are true:
Here, Snopes says that they could not prove this statement, so they labeled it false. (https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com/a_aid/cd20715a/campaign/samihomepage)
You will find a more recent article about microwave cooking safety. We need to be more aware of the seal on the door of the oven. Do not use if it does not shut securely.
Then there are the chemicals we do not want in our bodies that leach out of some food containers.
Microwaving affects food value
Now to address the loss of nutrition when using a microwave oven.
Food is more nutritious before it is cooked. The nutrition factor is reduced with any kind of cooking.
I had not thought this through, so was surprised to find this statement. The act of heating any food reduces the nutrition of the food.
Cooking, cooling, and reheating food by any method will reduce the nutrition value of your food.
However, there are several foods that are not healthy to eat in their natural state, or raw. So while we should all take advantage of fresh raw food when it is available, this is not practical for most of us, for every bit we eat.
When fruit and vegetables are gathered and offered for sale, these foods will lose some of their nutritional value in getting to your table. So we see the importance of eating what we can, raw.
Another bonus of microwaving certain veggies over roasting them longer in the over is apparent. Going with the idea that cooking longer robs more nutritional value from foods.
This has not been monitored as much as I would have thought. This question will be the subject of another article. Steamed broccoli is more healthy than microwaving.
So, I would think that veggies that steam well would be better steamed. I have to admit, I have lost the skill to do this as I have used the microwave so much.
Water is the key
The water content of our foods is the main reason our foods start losing some of the good-for-you stuff. This same water content is what helps food cook faster in a microwave.
As time passes, the food loses more moisture, and some nutrition along the way. The foods that have more water or moisture are the ones that cook faster.
Foods like meat and bread, dry out when cooking in the microwave. There are usually more desired methods of cooking these.
Why do we care about freshness?
Nutrition is important to all of us, and especially as we age. In light of being reminded of this nutrition loss, you should be making better choices in your food selections.
The importance of senior citizen nutrition awareness starts with each of you doing your share. Just a few adjustments in your diet can be the difference in a healthy aging process and a not so healthy retirement.
Are you taking as good of care of yourself as you could be?
Is your diet receiving the attention if should?
What has your lifetime of experience taught you? Do you have some interesting things or maybe some warnings to share about microwave cooking?
What will you do?
How do you feel about this convenience we have all grown accustomed to? Are you comfortable using yours?
Do you have some microwave success secrets that you can share? We are on a journey through retirement. This journey will be much more enjoyable if we are sharing along the way. This is how we learn, by sharing.
It goes without Saying
Important medical disclaimer.
I am not a Doctor, Lawyer, or Investment advisor.
I am simply a fellow traveler on this road through retirement.
Here, I share what I have found through actual practice or through a stumbling effort to improve myself.
Your results, should you adopt one of my suggestions will probably be 100 times better as you are probably a much stronger person than I am.
This retirement stuff is hard! Retirement would be a challenge even if it did not involve the aging process.
We have to work together to make the best of it! Lifetime habits, good and bad, accompany us on this journey we are on. We sometimes are not aware of how we hinder ourselves. My intent is to call attention to what I have found along the way that either teaches, warns, helps, or hinders me.
I hope you can learn, laugh, think about, and pick up a suggestion that will make things better for you. Sharing is how we do it. Do you have a suggestion that you can share? Please leave your comment.