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Date: 07/21/2007    Written by: Jon Barron

What about Microwave Cooking?

I'm frequently asked about microwave cooking and if the “radiation” from the microwave is dangerous. Actually, the problems with microwave cooking have nothing to do with radiation. There is no radiation used in microwave ovens. Nevertheless, the problem with microwaved food is similar to the problem with irradiated food. Although the actual processes are different, the results are similar—they are disruptive to the fundamental structure of the food itself. Microwave ovens cook by creating friction in molecules causing them to spin rapidly first in one direction then another, switching directions millions of times a second. The friction caused by all this molecular agitation heats the food, but it also changes the food. With what result?

  • Consumption of microwaved food appears to cause hemoglobin levels to drop.
  • It causes white cell counts to drop thereby damaging your immune system.
  • Cholesterol levels rise markedly after consuming microwaved vegetables.
  • It destroys important phytochemicals. One study, for example, has shown that microwaved broccoli lost 97 percent of its flavonoids, 74 percent of its sinapic acid, and 87 percent of its caffeoyl-quinic derivatives. These are all known cancer protectors. By comparison, steamed broccoli loses 11 percent, 0 percent and 8 percent of the same antioxidants.

For more information, check out this article by Anthony Wayne and Lawrence Newell.

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    Submitted by Justin on
    September 14, 2007 - 2:39am

    Hi Jon,
    Thanks for the data once again. After reading this blog and the inserted link to that fabulous webpage, I have junked my micro (which I hardly used but the younger ones did).
    I also sent this link to several friends and family with the urge that they read it and do something similar to what I did.
    There was an initial complaint about getting rid of the microwave. After all it is convenient. However I had to point out a few things.
    1) If you plan properly, you won't need to use it. Take meat out earlier in the day to defrost, put it in the sink in a bowl, or the fridge the night before.
    2) Using the micro saves very little time to heat water (say for tea) whereas boiling water doesn't actually take much longer.
    3) And then there is the concept of the introduction of carcinogens from microwave food and choatic polarity in the water, etc. this all translates to ""yes microwaves are convenient, convenient to kill myself.""
    If one just took a look at everything that they did or were a part of which was counter-survival and then all the actions they did which were pro-survival they could eliminate the bad actions, do the good actions and would most likely be healthier and happier in life. It's kind of like simple math and I know you hit home on this in your book with the multiple facet approach to raising the bar of a person's health.
    A microwave may be time saving but it's for the person who fails to plan in my opinion.

    Submitted by Meagan on
    August 12, 2007 - 10:27pm

    Do you know anything about cooking process used by Salad Master? It does not use oil to prepare food and it cooks only to doneness by using a steamer ""whistle.""
    I have not bought this system yet, but am considering it. I am a diabetic. Insulin dependent.

    Submitted by Sarah on
    November 5, 2007 - 12:14pm

    The link you provide is very interesting, but I am confused on a few points. Please explain further. Do you agree with the entire article? You say that microwaves do not use radiation, but this article refers to microwave cooking as radiation many times. Also,is it correct to refer to radiation from the sun as direct current? I have never seen it referred to as any kind of current. And how exactly would microwave cooking cause an energy change which would cause bacteria to glow? Also, do you have links for any of the studies you listed in the blog entry? Thanks.

    Submitted by linda on
    November 28, 2011 - 11:42am

    I would like Sarah's questions answered because I also want to know facts before I throw out my micro.

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