The industry has claimed that microwave cooking protects the nutrient content of foods. Somehow, in tasting foods that came out of a microwave oven, the texture was changed as was the flavor. Foods cooked or reheated in microwave ovens became rubbery and lacked the savory smells and layered flavors that come from cooking foods slower and longer.
Nevertheless, people bought the convenience aspect, the speed, the simplicity of heating and eating prepared foods. The science, which has been supported by the food industry, has continued to claim the health benefits of microwave cooking.
Recently, published data from reliable sources questions the health benefits of microwaved food. Does this mean an occasional microwaved meal will be harmful? Not likely. But what about a steady diet of eating foods cooked at such a high heat?
Do the sensitive compounds in food, such as amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and phytonutrients change? It appears so. Read on ...
Editor's Note From Donna:
This kind of information is not new. When microwaves became popular within the home environment, Randal and I decided it was not for us. We moved into a home with one in the wall in 1981 and never used it. When we built a home we did not include one. When we moved here the house had one installed above the stove and we considered it "our herb cabinet" where we keep our herbal teas since we like to have a large variety of them.
It just didn't seem "natural" with the high heat factor certainly destroying nutrients ... and then you had to wonder what kind of toxins were being released from the containers that the food was cooked in. We've kept that stand for 31 years, using a tabletop convection oven which is faster than a regular toaster oven, but a bit slower than microwaves. It's been great! By the time you have the table set and drinks poured and other cold side dishes placed, your heated item is ready to come out.
Prevention really does make a difference ... and many times it keeps life much simpler. FAST does not make life simpler, it just speeds up the human drive to accomplish more within each minute of time.
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