Dr Oz: Truth About Microwaves
Do you have a Microwave in your kitchen? Is this something to worry about? Dr Oz talked about the presence of these machines at work and at home, as a convenient appliance.
Though it was supposed to make cooking easier, there were fears about Radiation that alarmed consumers. However, Radiation concerns have proven to be unfounded. Despite this, Microwave sales have been declining for the past decade.
Dr Oz: How Microwaves Work
Doctor Oz wanted to set the record straight, so he invited a cancer researcher who has studied this topic. Kate Wolin said that she thinks people are concerned about radiation in their food or bodies.
Old data has been debunked, but it may help to know what microwaves do, as well as what they do not do. Microwaves generate short radio waves that vibrate water molecules inside the food, which is what warms it up.
Dr Oz: Microwave Steamer Bags Safety
Are you concerned about the foods you are putting in your microwave? Kate said that the thing to worry about is plastic, because chemicals from a plastic container could leach into your food.
Since there is no solid data about whether plastics are truly safe, Wolin said her approach is “better safe than sorry.” You can avoid those chemicals by skipping plastic, even in prepackaged foods such as steamer bags.
Dr Oz: Is Plastic Microwave-Safe?
You never know what Microwave-Safe really means, and it is certainly not a guarantee. You may or may not pick up chemicals from those types of plastic bags.
BPA-free is a good way to go, but there are many other chemicals in plastics that we don’t know about. Instead, use a Glass or Ceramic container, covered with a paper towel to prevent splattering.
Dr Oz: Microwave Destroys Food Nutrients?
Do foods lose their cancer-fighting properties when you prepare them in a Microwave? Dr Oz talked with Kate Wolin about this concern, and she said that microwaves could change the nutrient composition differently from other cooking methods.
For example, microwaving Broccoli could destroy 90% of its Vitamin C content. That is still better than many other alternatives. Eating Broccoli raw is great for antioxidant benefits.
But there are other ways to cook, such as steaming, stir-fry, or boiling, that may be better as well, if you don’t want raw broccoli or other vegetables.
Dr Oz: Microwave Tips
Dr Oz said that Broccoli is one of many great foods to eat. Try microwaving for the shortest amount of time possible, and remember to skip those plastic containers.