The evidence on the unsafe nature of microwaves is controversial, to be sure. Most people scoff at the idea of microwaves actually doing damage to our bodies and our food, and say the infamous “yeah, well everything causes cancer”. This kind of “stick your fingers in your ears and hum loudly” technique can be pretty dangerous when it comes to your health. We all know somewhere deep down that when you start to research things, and learn about the dangers of the things that the industry tries to pass off as safe, you then have to make tough decisions. Many people would rather live in blissful (unhealthy?!) ignorance, so they don’t bother questioning to begin with. Personally I don’t get this mentality. I’d rather do what I can to live healthfully, for the sake of myself and my family, and that includes reading and researching, gaining as much knowledge as I can to make informed decisions.
In this healthy living journey that our family is on, we are asking some tough questions, such as “is it safe?”, “how sure can we be?”, and “if we’re unsure, can we live without it?”.
The microwave has been under suspicion in my mind for a while, and we’ve recently decided that it’s probably not worth the potential/likely negative health effects for our family. Here are some online articles & blog posts on the dangers of microwaves that influenced our decision:
Global Health Center :: The Proven Dangers of Microwaves
Naturally Knocked Up :: Are Microwaves Dangerous to Your Health?
Keeper of the Home :: Life Without a Microwave Oven
Currently our microwave sits in our garage. When we moved almost two weeks ago, we never brought it in to the kitchen. There’s an opening for it, which currently houses my cookbooks, etc, and I rather like how it looks. We may sell it at some point, when we get around to it.
When we first decided to get rid of it, we (especially my hubby) wondered how we’d do without it. Would it be ridiculously annoying? Well, so far I honestly have not missed it. Here are some examples how we do things differently…
- To cook/heat up frozen veggies to go with a meal, I throw them in a pot on the stove with a splash of water. They also taste better this way, instead of being “nuked”.
- To melt butter or anything else for a recipe, etc. I use either a pot on the stove, or the oven. I often measure the butter I need (I find myself melting butter fairly often, since I don’t use industrial oils like canola, corn, or vegetable oil at all), stick it in a glass bowl, and put it in a warm oven. It melts in a few minutes.
- To heat leftovers, again, I use a pot on the stove (pasta/rice dishes steam nicely in a covered pot with a splash of water), or a covered dish in the oven. I find leftovers taste better and are more evenly heated this way.
- For defrosting meat, I now have gotten into the habit of taking whatever I need out of the freezer a day or two before, and putting it in the fridge to defrost naturally. Meat tastes better when it’s not partially nuked (ew!) when it goes into the frying pan/oven. If I forget to take something out to defrost, then we improvise, and have a meatless meal (or almost meatless, like last night when we had homemade pizza – the cut up ham in the freezer didn’t really need to be defrosted before being put on the pizza).
- You can also defrost meat a little quicker by putting it in a sink of cold water for a few hours or longer, depending on what it is.
I can’t really think of any other reason we used the microwave, and even my hubby doesn’t miss it!
So, the question is… will you click those links, and go even further with your own research? Or will you continue living in ignorance? At the very least, I hope you read the available evidence, and come to your own informed conclusions. If you’re not convinced to get rid of your microwave, I’d love to hear your reasoning… I love a good debate/discussion!
It’s up to you!
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