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Old 09-05-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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Is Microwave Cooking Safe?

Microwave ovens is very convenient, isn't it? I think it is one of revolutionary cooking technology. I've used it for many years without thinking of food safety. Recently, I heard a disturbing news about microwave saying that cooking in microwave oven is not safe. Well.. it may be right. All chemicals in the food have 3-D stereotype structures. Without too much thinking, thoes structures can be altered by high energy to become a carcinogen. Scary, isn't it?

After more research, I will update, but please leave your note if you know something about food safety of microwave. Thanks.

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Old 09-05-2009, 11:02 AM   #2
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I think some one is trying to make something out of nothing.

I firmly believe microwave cooking is 100% safe.

Microwaves excite water molecules and the friction of increased movement generates heat. It's not black magic.

No reliable source says otherwise.
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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It is completely safe. They have been used by millions of people for decades. If there issues we would have seen them by now. The source you got your information from is fear mongering, most likely because they have something to gain from people not using microwaves.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:35 PM   #4
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There are two issues concerning normal microwave oven safety:

1. Heating liquids to high temperatures in glass containers can cause an eruption of higher-than-boiling-temperature resulting in the potential for serious burns. Here is a safety page on microwave oven superheating:

Superheating and microwave ovens

2. Certain plastics will leech carcinogens into food when directly heated by a microwave oven. I do not have a list of the type of plastics that should be avoided, except to say that certified "microwave safe" plastics are exempt. Personally, I use glass or ceramic.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:39 PM   #5
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There are two issues concerning normal microwave oven safety:

1. Heating liquids to high temperatures in glass containers can cause an eruption of higher-than-boiling-temperature resulting in the potential for serious burns. Here is a safety page on microwave oven superheating:

Superheating and microwave ovens

2. Certain plastics will leech carcinogens into food when directly heated by a microwave oven. I do not have a list of the type of plastics that should be avoided, except to say that certified "microwave safe" plastics are exempt. Personally, I use glass or ceramic.
I do not see these as microwave issues personally as both can be issues outside of the microwave.

Save microwave cooking, like any kind of safe cooking, is dependent on the cook using common sense. Microwave safe materials must be used otherwise of course there could be risk. The same could be said for any other type of cooking. A stove top would not be considered an unsafe way to cook food, but if you put a cardboard container (something you could heat in the microwave) on the stove top then you will have problems.
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:09 PM   #6
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Placing a styrofoam cup or bowl into a microwave oven is a killer. As you may know already, it releases environmental hormon.
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:13 PM   #7
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I am not sure if that is true or not, but again it is not an issue with the microwave. It is an issue with the Styrofoam (if it is even true).
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:21 PM   #8
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Styrofoam is bad from production to landfill in terms of environment. I've got to agree with GB on this one. Today's microwaves are as safe to use as your conventional oven or stove. Sensible precautions should be taken just as with the stove. You don't put Pyrex on an element, you don't put plastic in the microwave.
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I do not see these as microwave issues personally as both can be issues outside of the microwave.

... is dependent on the cook using common sense....
Unfortunately, common sense doesn't seem to be common any longer. If it was, we wouldn't see lawsuits about the temperature of fast food take-out coffee being too hot, nor judges issuing significant awards! Personally, when it comes to dealing with the public, I take nothing for granted.
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:57 PM   #10
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Oh Selkie, very true. Maybe we should rename it UNcommon sense? Karma for you!
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