Microwave Myths Explained

Woman Putting Plate Into Microwave

A quick fix in the office or at home; if you have an exceptionally busy lifestyle then the microwave is a fantastic, timesaving option to prepare your meals.

But, spend 10 minutes searching around on the internet and you’ll soon discover a long chain of danger theories pertaining to the many ‘dangers’ and safety of the microwave oven.

Here at Ovenu, we have taken it upon ourselves to put seven of these popular myths to bed once and for all.

1.    Metals Become Exceptionally Hot

Verdict: False

Metals actually tend to reflect micro waves, whereas other materials like glass and plastic allow them to travel through. What this means is that metals do not, in fact, actually heat up in a microwave oven, at least not to a potentially dangerous temperature.

That being said, small and thin metallic objects like tin foil or plating on your cutlery or plates can conduct the micro waves, spouting a series of electric sparks that can actually ruin your oven’s interior over time.

2.    Oils Should Never Be Heated In A Microwave

Verdict: True

Generally speaking, oils like olive oil do not particularly heat up very well in a microwave. This is mainly due to their molecular makeup, in the sense that it lacks the structural polarity of other liquids; like water for example.

In any case, when warming up cooking oils its best to opt for the safety of the frying pan.

3.    Heating Plastic In A Microwave Is Hazardous To Your Health

Verdict: True

As a general rule, it’s always best to avoid placing any food in plastic containers in the microwave. The reason being that, in a US based study it was found that toxic doses of Bisphenol A were often produced, which have been linked with neurological and motor-functional damage in a number of laboratory tests.

4.    Microwave Cooking Doesn’t Heat Food Evenly

Verdict: True

This is completely true. Have you ever bitten into a meal only to find that the top layer is warm, while the centre is still ice cold? It happens more often than you think.

That isn’t to say that microwaves cannot cook your meals properly, instead it means that you should always ensure that you are following the instructions on the foods packaging with meticulous detail. This is especially important to consider when dealing with meat as improper cooking can leave your meal teaming with harmful bacteria.

5.    Microwaves Require More Energy

Verdict: False

Now this myth isn’t 100% true nor is it 100% false. Microwaves do tend to consume a fair amount of energy while in use. However, cooking times are significantly less when compared to other methods, which in turn means that, compared to other cooking methods, any energy used will also be significantly lower.

6.    They Can Cause Cancer

Verdict: False

Have you ever heard someone say that looking through the microwave window can make you go blind?

What about not being too close to it whilst your food is cooking for fear developing some kind of cancer?

Well, rest assured these are nothing more than another case of falsely found public hysteria. In fact, microwaves actually emit waves that share a similar likeness to radio waves rather than anything remotely radioactive.

That said, it is worth noting that devices can develop leaks, though these are easy to test and replace if need be.

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