How safe is microwave cooking?
Q: I’d appreciate having your view on microwave cooking. I am confused as to whether microwaving destroys nutrients. Is it safe, and just a different form of cooking? Some time back, I read an article that caused me to get rid of my microwave as it stated it affected nutrients in food. A: Microwave ovens, their safety and their effect on the nutritional value of food is yet another subject that yields wildly conflicting information. The microwave oven generates electromagnetic waves (called microwaves because they’re short) at a frequency of 2450 megahertz (FM radio waves are generated at around 100 MHz and cell phones transmit 800 MHz). The microwaves bombard the molecules of water in the food. These molecules each have a positive and negative end, or “polarity”. The polarized molecules try to line themselves up with the electrical field, like compass needles trying to po...