That is the question.
As far as warming our food goes, we just have a stove/oven combo. And a plain ole toaster.
If you’ve ever eating anything cooked in a microwave you know that it tastes rubbery, soggy, mushy and just generally bad 99% of the time. So why on earth do 90% of American’s have one in their homes?? Because it seems easier (‘seems’ being the key word here). There’s no pre-heating, it take a minute to warm up just about anything and you just pop it in and press a button.
Living in our modern day and age where everything has to be done the easy, fast way, microwaves seem to make sense.
But, (there’s always a but!) do you know anything about your microwave?? I’m sure you know its a box that makes things warm and you can’t put your fork in it. Other then that, what else do you know?
Hold on to your butts cuz I’m gonna tell you all about it.
In order to explain to you how it works, I’m going to copy a section from University Today’s website, since I’m not a scientist and couldn’t word it better or differently-
“Microwaves used for cooking… are electromagnetic waves possessing frequencies around the 2.45 GHz range. Now, electromagnetic waves are waves made up of alternating electric and magnetic fields. For this discussion, we’re more concerned with the alternating electric fields because charged particles readily react when exposed to them. That is, when a positively charged particle is exposed to an electric field, it experiences a force (due to the field) pointing in the direction of the field. By contrast, when a negatively charged particle is exposed to the same field, it experiences a force in the direction opposite to the field. Now, since an electromagnetic wave (like the microwave) is made up of alternating electric fields, a charge exposed to it will experience forces regularly changing in direction. For water molecules, which are dipoles, the net effect would force the molecules into rotation. Again, since the fields are alternating, the rotation will change from clockwise to counterclockwise at regular time intervals. The agitated water molecules would then possess heat energy that can rub off (much like friction) to nearby molecules. If the water molecules are well distributed in the body subjected to the microwave (like food, for example), then the entire body can heat up quickly – not to mention, uniformly. Electromagnetic waves in the microwave range are most suitable for this purpose because the water molecules readily rotate when exposed to such frequencies. Avoid putting in metal into the microwave oven while heating. The reason is because pointed portions of the metal can accumulate high voltages which can cause dielectric breakdown of the air inside the oven. Once this happens, some harmful gases can be produced.”
Hopefully that didn’t thoroughly confuse you, I know it took me a while to fully figure it out. Basically, electro-magnetic waves move really fast and create something similar to friction, which in turn, makes heat, thus heating your food.
You know what else is electro-magnetic waves? Yup, radiation!
Radiation that causes burns, poisoning, death, mutations, debilitating disease and pain.
(Radiation is spreading energy using electro-magnetic waves.)
Mmmmm, yummy! Radiation in your kitchen pummeling your food. Of course, like many statement the FDA makes, they say, ‘Its OK in small doses.’ Just think about that for a minute. You use your microwave twice a day, everyday for your whole life. Say you live to be 85. 85 years, 365 days a year, twice a day heating for a minute. You’ve microwaved 62,050 minutes in your life. Or 43.09 days worth of microwaving. And that’s only if your using it twice a day for a minute at a time. Most people are using theirs much more then that.
43 days worth of radiation can’t possibly be good for you.
Many studies show how the microwaves used in a microwave can change healthy foods into cancerous foods. For instance, extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens. (source)
Who created microwaves? The Nazis. So they could heat food for lots of people all at once. Some folks over in the Soviet Union got a hold of some microwaves and soon after banned the use of them because they realized they were dangerous. Yet they are still a staple of every American household.
In a report by Anthony Wayne and Lawrence Newell they sum up the research done by Russians on the effects of microwave ovens. A few little tidbits from the report include-
-Ingestion of microwaved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells within the blood serum [cytomas — cell tumors such as sarcoma]
-Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables.
-A breakdown of the human “life-energy field” in those who were exposed to microwave ovens while in operation, with side-effects to the human energy field of increasingly longer duration
So now you know a little something about your microwave.
Now, if you do want to rid yourself of your microwave, you may be wondering how on earth you’ll be able to eat anything!
It’s not as hard as you think!! People heated food for thousands of years with just fire. Not even an oven.
So for soups, just put em in a pot and heat them on the stove. Most things can be popped in the stove. Moist things that aren’t quite soupy but will dry out in the oven you can put in a glass or stainless steel bowl inside of a pot of boiling water and stirred until they’re warm (shout out to my mom for figuring that one out!). You can grill, put things in toasters (its surprising how much you can do with an average toaster!), or you can go way back and just use a fire! Things cooked over a fire are quite delicious! (I do realize fire is impractical a lot of the time, but its still fun!)
I don’t miss our microwave one bit!!
Until next time!
~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent