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Microwave Oven Myths

Microwave Oven Myths

No need to fear your microwave oven; these myths are debunked!

Microwave ovens are the smallest cooking appliance in the kitchen, but ones that take on heavy-duty preparations daily. Versatile and efficient, the microwave oven is the friend of many a family, office, and college student. Unfortunately, it has sustained its fair share of misconceptions over the decades. Here are several microwave oven myths that you need not fret about anymore!

Microwave Ovens Cause Cancer

One microwave oven myth that many have heard is that these appliances cause cancer with their radio waves. They do emit radiofrequency (RF) waves, but these have low power on the electromagnetic spectrum. Everyone comes across RF waves every day, through cell phones, computers, radios, televisions, and more. Typically, newer microwave models do not start unless the door is fully shut. If your microwave oven door is not fully shutting, it may require an appliance repairman to fix the issue. Otherwise, it’s time for a new appliance. 

Microwaves Poison Food

Another misconception is that microwave ovens poison food with their radio waves. Not so. Radioactive waves and electromagnetic waves are entirely different, so there is no chance to get radioactive poisoning from your microwaved food. There is a risk of contamination, however, if someone does not cook the food for long enough, or uses a container that is not microwave-safe.  

Microwaves Reduce Nutritional Value

No matter how you cook your produce, it will lose some of its nutritional value. Heating up fresh food breaks down its molecules to some extent; however, because microwave ovens preserve moisture content more than other methods of cooking, such as toasting, baking, or boiling, the microwaved food still contains decent nutritional value. The microwaves generate heat by exciting the water molecules in a beverage or meal, and so generate heat.

Microwaves Interrupt Pacemakers

Years ago, concerns arose over microwaves and other devices affecting pacemakers if they got too close. Even cell phones posed a threat to someone with this tool. However, pacemakers today are better designed to ward off interference from radio waves and no longer pose a risk. 

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