The most common myths and truths about microwaves
The pace of our life, the saving of time and effort caused by this literally causes a reciprocal surge on the part of manufacturers. For convenience and increase in productivity over the past century, so many household appliances have been developed and put on the market, that sometimes names have to be dealt with separately. Many of them are criticized, some - cruel, and sometimes - unfounded. For example, sight deteriorates from the TV, from smartphones and Wi-Fi - we are irradiated, and by heating food in the microwave, we become victims of toxic compounds formed in products.
Microwaves in an instant became the integral kitchen devices, however, for a short while. As the chain began to spread rumors about the dangers of emitted waves, radioactivity, and even terrible mutations in heated products.
Some sent a faithful assistant in the trash or sold, the most courageous said they did not believe, but still try to not use this gadget once again. We think that everyone will be interested to know what kind of "beast" this microwave actually is. We have collected the most common myths about the device and offer to discuss them together.
Myth 1: metal in a microwave explodes
Metal dishes placed in a microwave, as the maximum spoil it, damaging the magnetron. Microwaves do not penetrate inside metal objects, so the food in such dishes simply does not heat up.
Myth 2: when heated, products lose useful properties
The amount of nutrients in products decreases with any heat treatment. The microwave oven heats the food, resulting in the loss of some vitamins.
Myth 3: The microwave is radioactive.
No and no again! You can put in one associative series the concept of "microwave" and "radioactivity", but in the case of this kitchen appliance they are incompatible. Microwaves activate water molecules, the friction of which provokes heating.
Myth 4: Products in the microwave heat up from the inside.
In fact, microwaves heat the food outside, gradually reaching the middle. The myth came from the fact that microwaves do not affect the dry non-conductive materials that are usually on the surface of products, such as a crust on bread. Therefore, the heating of such products sometimes starts deeper than with other heating methods.
Myth 5: The microwave changes the structure of the product at the molecular level.
The radiation of a magnetron is capable of heating products only. To change their molecular structure, much more energy is needed, as well as a source of ionizing radiation, such as, for example, in X-ray installations.
Myth 6: It is dangerous to warm food for babies in the microwave.
Some of the amino acids of L-proline, which are part of the mother's milk, as well as in infant formulas, under the influence of microwaves, are converted into d-isomers, which are considered neurotoxic for the nervous system. Perhaps it is worth clarifying this point in more detail. The same reaction would be observed if you diluted the powder mixture with boiling water or boiled breast milk. All nutrients (especially in breast milk) would collapse from exposure to temperature.Therefore, if you need to warm the mixture or milk for the baby - do it the old-fashioned way, in a water bath.
In short, the choice is yours.