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Convenience, How High of a Price Are You Willing to Pay?

August 26th, 2010

Piration

Anyone can  list off many things today that have greatly "improved" human civilization.  Yet are all the things around us really safe for us, just because they make life easier or more convenient?  My last article on BPA in our food containers made a point that these scientifically designed products were made with an intention to harm human populations.  One thing I mentioned was a definite way to release some of this synthetic estrogen into your food was to microwave your food in a BPA made plastic or paper container.  Come to find out now that is only part of what you are chemically altering in your food.

By now, you probably know that what you eat has a profound impact on your health. The mantra, "You are what you eat" is really true.

But you need to consider not only WHAT you buy, but how you cook it.

Hmm what could it be?  The microwave.

Microwaves heat food by causing water molecules in it to resonate at very high frequencies and eventually turn to steam which heats your food. While this can rapidly heat your food, what most people fail to realize is that it also causes a change in your food's chemical structure.

Another problem with microwave ovens is that carcinogenic toxins can leach out of your plastic and paper containers/covers, and into your food.

The January/February 1990 issue of Nutrition Action Newsletter reported the leakage of numerous toxic chemicals from the packaging of common microwavable foods, including pizzas, chips and popcorn. Chemicals included polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene. Microwaving fatty foods in plastic containers leads to the release of dioxins (known carcinogens) and other toxins into your food.

Microwaving distorts and deforms the molecules of whatever food or other substance you subject to it. An example of this is blood products.

The article goes on in depth with all the possible dangers and other risks associated with these devices.

The Powerwatch article cited above summarizes the Russian research quite well, which I will duplicate below.

•Russian investigators found that carcinogens were formed from the microwaving of nearly all foods tested.

•The microwaving of milk and grains converted some of the amino acids into carcinogenic substances.

•Microwaving prepared meats caused the formation of the cancer-causing agents d-Nitrosodienthanolamines.

•Thawing frozen fruits by microwave converted their glucoside and galactoside fractions into carcinogenic substances.

•Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.

•Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants--especially root vegetables.

•Structural degradation leading to decreased food value was found to be 60 to 90 percent overall for all foods tested, with significant decreases in bioavailability of B complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, essential minerals, and lipotropics (substances that prevent abnormal accumulation of fat).

I might add that this finding is supported by the 1998 Japanese study by Watanabe7 about vitamin B12 in milk, cited above.

Check the rest of it out at the Huff Post.  Any regular microwave users out there considering changing?

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  1. August 27, 2010

    Microwave ovens are a complicated topic – firstly they haven’t been widespread for a long time (in the sense of being able to produce ‘lifelong statistics’) – but also people tend to use microwaves for ‘instant’ food. ie the quality of the food used in microwaves is generally less (and wiht more additives) than used with conventional ovens. So we have a situation where if any figures are produced we could not compare the two cooking methods anyway (even though MSM and Manufacturers will do so).
    There are many tests now to see what happens to microwaved food/water (just grow a couple plants yourself and use rain/tap/microwaved water on each to compare…) and of course there are issues with BPA when heated. In fact there are so many issues, such as iron in cereals, food left in opened cans, sweetners, additvies, preservatives,etc – that I think the general consumer will never have time to conisder them all… Many would accept a BPA diet in exchange for conveinience. It is sad.
    Yet there is one simple measure we can all take that reduces many of these risks – It also counteracts one of our times greatest martketing scams – globalisation.
    Buy local. Regardless of where you live.
    Alex 😉

  2. piration #
    August 27, 2010

    I have been going to the local farmers market. Not only is it much cheaper but the produce is much tastier and healthier. Along with supporting our local communities I definitely feel better doing it. I have little time in my life to completely replace all convenience but I am changing many habits to lessen the amount of the foreign substances I am exposed to.

  3. August 27, 2010

    Good work Piration – of course ‘local’ is a relative term too… local market/state/country/etc… hmmm… all this talk of tasty food is making me hungry – I too will visit my local market on Sunday… and get a nice crab methinks… 😉

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