Monday, December 20, 2010

Facts And Myths About Microwaves

Whether you own a microwave oven or not, chances are you've thought about the possibility that its use could be harmful to you and the people in your household. You might have heard statements from neighbors and friends saying that microwaved food poses serious health risks, not to mention the ones caused by electromagnetic wave emissions issuing from the device. And then there are others who attest to the fact that these are pure myths or old wives' tales.

It's difficult to come up with a final supposition due to the mixed opinions about the safety of microwaves. In this article, we make an attempt to separate them in order for you to better decide if it's wise to have a microwave oven lying around in your kitchen.

Microwave Food Is Cooked From The Inside Out: Myth

Contrary to popular belief, microwave ovens don't cook food from the inside out. Microwave ovens heat the food starting from the surface. This in turn excites the water molecules, which facilitates the heat transfer inside the food. If you have tried cooking a big chunk of meat using a microwave before, you might have noticed that the full effect of the cooking can reach a depth of about one inch inward.

Boiling Water In A Microwave Causes Explosions: Fact

Boiling water in a microwave can elicit an explosion if left alone for too long. This is because the bubbles are suppressed in the heating process, thereby causing the water to reach past its boiling point. If water is disturbed, it will release the suppressed heat and in turn cause the water to erupt.

To prevent this from happening, boil water at the minimum time. Placing a conductor such as clean wood can also prevent eruptions.

Microwaves Emit Harmful Radiation: Myth (in most instances)

The radiation that comes from microwave ovens is non-ionizing, making it much safer than ionizing radiations being emitted by X-Ray machines, nuclear radioactive decay and ultraviolet light.

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