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Is microwave food unsafe?

Microwave ovens cook food by emitting microwaves, which are electromagnetic waves. Non-ionizing radiation includes microwaves, infrared, and radio waves.

Microwaves easily penetrate materials with a lot of water, such as food. They make the water vibrate and heat up quickly, causing the food to cook.

How Microwave cook the food?


Microwaves are created in the oven by a magnetron, a sort of electron tube. Within the metal interior of the oven, microwaves are reflected and absorbed by food. Microwaves cause the water molecules in food to vibrate, generating heat and cooking the meal. That’s why dishes that contain a lot of water, such as fresh vegetables, cook more quickly than others. Microwave radiation is transformed to heat when it is absorbed by food, thus it does not become “radioactive” or “dirty.”

Despite the fact that heat is generated directly in the food, microwave ovens do not cook food from the “inside out.” Microwaves are used to heat and cook the outer layers of dense foods, while heat conduction from the heated outer layers heats the inside.

In contrast to conventional cooking, microwave heating does not diminish the nutritious content of meals. Because microwave ovens cook faster and without the use of water, they may preserve more vitamins and minerals than dishes cooked in a conventional oven.

What makes cooking in an microwave oven unsafe for health?


Microwave radiation has the same ability to heat body tissue as it does to heat food.

Microwaves can produce a painful burn if exposed to high amounts. Because there is limited blood flow in these locations, the eyes and testes are particularly vulnerable to RF heating.

Furthermore, the lens of the eye is very susceptible to high temperatures, and long-term microwave exposure can cause cataracts.

However, these types of damage, such as burns and cataracts, can only be caused by prolonged exposure to microwave radiation.

Because microwaves pass through these materials, microwave cooking containers consisting of glass, paper, ceramic, or plastic are used. Although microwaves cannot be used to heat such containers, the heat from the food cooking within can cause them to become hot.

Some plastic containers should not be microwaved because the heat from the food inside can cause them to melt.

Metal pans or aluminium foil should not be used in a microwave oven because microwaves are reflected off of these materials, causing the food to cook unevenly and possibly damaging the oven.

In the instructions that come with each microwave oven, the sorts of containers to use are stated. They also describe how to test containers in microwave ovens to check if they may be utilised.

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