Is Microwaving Food Safe?

Is microwaving food safe?

(Yes, you can be rest assured that your loved one at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation is getting the nutrition they deserve, don’t worry about that. But you may find it necessary to pop something into the microwave every now-and-then.)

Popular opinion is a flat NO. “Microwaves are dangerous, and they rid your food of nutrients,” people say. “But it’s convenient and available, so use it if you have to,” they say. Just make sure you feel guilty about it, they [don’t] say. [But that’s surely how you feel.]


Well, how correct is popular opinion? Just how much of these claims are backed up by science? And how many are myths?

Here are two common claims about microwave danger and what science has to say about them.

Microwaves Kill Nutrients

According to Harvard Health Publishing, microwaves, like any source of heat, break down nutrients. But, unlike some other sources of heat, microwaves exposes food to heat over a shorter period of time, so there’s more that’s actually preserved. In fact, “Using the microwave with a small amount of water … keeps in more vitamins and minerals than almost any other cooking method.”

So, do microwaves kill nutrients? Yes, but so do ovens, and microwaves leave you with more of them than ovens.

Microwaves put Radiation Into the Food

Do microwaves release radiation? They sure do.

Do they put radioactive material into your food? No evidence has confirmed this claim, to date.

Similar to cell phones, microwaves don’t emit ionizing radiation, rather they give off non-ionizing radiation, which just move water molecules but don’t get into the food.1

So, according to what we know today, this one is a myth too after all.

In conclusion, is microwaving food safe? Apparently so.

How often do you microwave?

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Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation does not take any responsibility for this post’s content. So any action you take based on its information is strictly at your own risk. You should always speak to your doctor regarding medical information and your health.


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