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Old 04-14-2016, 10:36 AM   #1
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Microwave verdict, safe or unsafe?

Every once in a while I hear someone say that cooking or heating things up in a microwave oven is unhealthy especial for a baby.

I have been using microwaves since they first came out and I am still alive and healthy. So I don't see much merit in these claims.

The only hazard I can think of is getting the food too hot.

Any thoughts on this?

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Old 04-14-2016, 10:38 AM   #2
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I agree with you, even though I have no idea.
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:51 AM   #3
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According to the linked site, "Microwave ovens heat foods unevenly and cause hot spots. There may be hot spots even if the food feels cool to you. It is important to stir food well to prevent burns to you or your baby."

https://extension.umaine.edu/publications/4309e/
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It's ridiculous how many quacks are out there repeating myths like that.

Nonsense about the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation

To learn how to spot quacks, read this: Questionable Organizations: An Overview

And this: 10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:43 PM   #5
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According to the linked site, "Microwave ovens heat foods unevenly and cause hot spots. There may be hot spots even if the food feels cool to you. It is important to stir food well to prevent burns to you or your baby."
This is one reason I always heat food low and slow in the microwave. I rarely use the highest power setting except when boiling water.
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Old 04-14-2016, 04:06 PM   #6
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The food is safe but can be unevenly heated. So heat then stir.
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Old 04-14-2016, 05:10 PM   #7
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This is one reason I always heat food low and slow in the microwave. I rarely use the highest power setting except when boiling water.
Low and slow?

Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of using a microwave?

What do I know. I don't use mine for actual cooking. As far as I'm concerned it's nothing more than a glorified food and beverage reheater.
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Low and slow?

Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of using a microwave?

What do I know. I don't use mine for actual cooking. As far as I'm concerned it's nothing more than a glorified food and beverage reheater.
I think he means something like two minutes on power level 7 rather than 30 seconds on power level 10. That's not so terribly long to wait
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The only other thing I've heard is to not use plastic containers. The container should say if it's microwave safe. If not, don't use it. Chemicals can leach into the food from the plastic. I tend to go with glass containers in the microwave whenever possible.
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The only other thing I've heard is to not use plastic containers. The container should say if it's microwave safe. If not, don't use it. Chemicals can leach into the food from the plastic. I tend to go with glass containers in the microwave whenever possible.
But that's not the fault of the microwave. Heat is the culprit with plastic.
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