Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Microwaves are Dangerous

Now that we are dependent on them, we find out that they are toxic.
Another problem with microwave ovens is that carcinogenic toxins can leach out of your plastic and paper containers/covers, and into your food.

The January/February 1990 issue of Nutrition Action Newsletter reported the leakage of numerous toxic chemicals from the packaging of common microwavable foods, including pizzas, chips and popcorn. Chemicals included polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene. Microwaving fatty foods in plastic containers leads to the release of dioxins (known carcinogens) and other toxins into your food. [8] [2]
One of the worst contaminants is BPA, or bisphenol A, an estrogen-like compound used widely in plastic products. In fact, dishes made specifically for the microwave often contain BPA, but many other plastic products contain it as well.

Microwaving distorts and deforms the molecules of whatever food or other substance you subject to it. An example of this is blood products.

Blood is normally warmed before being transfused into a person. Now we know that microwaving blood products damages the blood components. In fact, one woman died after receiving a transfusion of microwaved blood in 1991 , which resulted in a well-publicized lawsuit.


Anonymous said...

I've always had an abhorrence of microwave ovens. Toxins aside they promote laziness and bad eating habits. They're destroying proper meals.



Unknown said...

I already knew about the microwaves thing. Yeah!!!

Alexandra said...

We got rid of ours. It was taking up too much space. Oven heating is more expensive energywise, but it makes life simpler and healthier. I don't even trust those non-stick pans - only use iron.