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How Safe is Your Microwave?

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How Safe is Your Microwave?

By Matthew Kadey, Experience Life

Today’s kitchens are increasingly filled with conveniences that help get food on the table fast. Bagged salad greens. Rotisserie chickens. Single-serving instant oatmeal. Grated cheese. And when it comes to appliances, nothing beats the ubiquitous microwave for quick and easy cooking.

Most of us use our microwaves without giving it another thought: Pop in a frozen dinner or last night’s leftovers, and lickety-split it’s a hot meal. Despite worrisome terminology such as “radiation” and slang expressions like “nuking,” microwave ovens have worked their way into most kitchens and practically every break room in this country. They’re a staple of our lives.

But does anyone really know what’s going on inside the oven once you shut the door? How healthy or unhealthy is “nuking” your food? And if we can’t live without our microwave ovens, what’s the best way to live with them?

Next: What’s in a microwave and what does it do to nutrients?

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10:41AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Reheating coffee is about all I use ours for. Thanks for the article.

2:14PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012


12:59PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

What to do, what to do?? I don't know.

1:39AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

I forgot. also for the dish sponges.

8:05AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Fortunately, I don't have a microwave.

11:34AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

In the end, everything will probably give us cancer or whatever, so why fret over a stupid microwave?

8:32AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


10:49AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

very interesting. tyvm

12:02PM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Interesting. Thanks.

11:43PM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Microwave ovens have been around for so many years that studies must have come to more conclusive facts than those related in this article.

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