Why my Family Avoids using the Microwave
5 years ago, we ditched our microwave. I thought it would be really hard, but after a short period of getting used to doing things differently - we don't really miss it at all. There are many reasons to ditch this modern convenience, or be mindful of how often you're using it. Here are a few.
Microwaving food decreases nutrients
"Microwaves heat food by causing water molecules to vibrate 2.5 billion times per second, eventually turning to steam that heats your food. While your microwave can rapidly heat a dish, it also alters the food's chemical structure. Structures of the water molecules are torn apart and forcefully deformed. This is different than conventional heating of food, whereby heat is transferred conventionally from the outside inward."
Microwaving increases AGE (Advanced glycation end products) /glycotoxins content more rapidly compared to conventional cooking methods
Microwave ovens also operate on gigahertz frequencies very similar to most 4G cellular networks. Every time you turn your microwave on, you are being exposed to radiation densities thousands of times higher than your cell phone. The closer you are to the oven, the higher the energy density and the worse the damage will be.
Microwaving exposes you to carcinogenic toxins released from plastic wrappers
When plastic is heated, toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates can leach out, contaminating your food with endocrine and hormone disruptors.
If you are still using a microwave, avoid microwaving in plastic, Tupperware, or microwaveable baggies and opt for glass.
VGCCs (Voltage Gated Calcium Channels)are activated by microwave
The activation of VGCCs in turn create free radicals, which decimate mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, membranes and proteins that lead to mitochondrial dysfunction, the core of most chronic disease.
What about at work?
I mainly took cold foods to work (like salad). If you need to use the microwave once in a while at work, you'll be fine. Balance.
What about my coffee?
This is the main concern I hear. I feel you, mommas! Either invest in a cup that keeps your coffee hot like a Yeti, drink your coffee faster, or just turn it into iced coffee.