Reaching for a frozen entrée from your freezer, reading the simple directions on the back, and popping it into the microwave oven can lead to a meal that took a total of three minutes. And it’s a modern convenience utilized in many American households.
According to The Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communication and Computation (SMECC), more than 95% of American homes own a microwave oven because it is seen as “almost impossible/pretty difficult” to do without.
Here’s the rub: while your frozen meal may consist of Lean Cuisine-type products with healthy ingredients and low calories, the way you cook your food directly affects the amount of nutrients your body consumes. This common household appliance can significantly zap the nutritional value of your food and your health, leaving you susceptible to developing health complications due to continuous microwave use.
Warming your sustenance in the microwave can strip away its unique supplements. What may have begun as a nutritious plate of nourishment has now advanced into “dead sustenance” because of the dielectric warming of microwaves. “They ricochet around within your [microwave] broiler and are consumed by the nourishment you put in it,” composes Dr. Joseph M. Mercola, authorized doctor and specialist. The water atoms pivot quickly in the microwave and in the nourishment in high frequencies which makes sub-atomic erosion and warms up your sustenance. This causes the sub-atomic structure in your nourishment to change, and thus reduces the supplement content in the sustenance.
-MICROWAVES DESTROY BREAST MILK AND VITAMIN B-12
At the same moment, you start heating your food in a microwave, it loses its vitamin B-12 health benefits. A study was conducted by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, in which foods like pork, raw beef and milk were researched and their loss of vitamin B-12, when heated up in a microwave. The vitamin loss was around 30-40% once they were cooked.
Breast milk is also affected by microwaves. Its agents for fighting bacteria are annihilated. Pediatrics conducted a research and put frozen human milk in microwaves to study the reaction in its nutrients. 22 Human milk samples were used in the research and their lysozyme activity was studied while they were heated up in a microwave on low or high power settings, for half a minute each.