We decided a little over a year ago to ditch our microwave. It wasn’t an easy decision, however. You might think that as much of a neo-hippy mama as I am that I’d already be without one, but the fact was that I used it a good deal.
Before we moved to Europe we’d nearly stopped using our microwave. It sat in the corner of our kitchen taking space. But after we moved to Europe, I caved in to the convenience. I had a lot to deal with and trying to figure out how to heat up my food quickly was just not something I wanted to tackle while getting settled into a new country.
Fast forward a couple more years and we are now in Switzerland and don’t have plans to move anywhere else for the time being. I have some time to settle in and that’s a good feeling. We have a small galley kitchen and the microwave again was taking up precious space and I started to look at it again while plotting its demise.
I’d read and heard that microwaves were not ideal for cooking food but I decided to delve into it again before taking the plunge to sack our microwave for good.
Destroying The Good Guys
I read a journal article in which samples of human breast milk were tested against control samples and the discovery was alarming. The microwaved samples had a marked decrease in certain proteins that aid in the protection against pathogenic bacteria. In other words, microwaving was killing the good guys.
There is a trend now not only in the natural health world, but also in the mainstream where you see an onslaught of advertising to obtain more beneficial protection of one’s gut. Probiotics are being hawked by celebrities and we are being told by everyone from juice companies to yogurt companies to supplement manufacturers that we should use their products to increase our beneficial bacteria. I actually see this as a positive trend because we all could benefit from having more of the good guys in our guts.
The problem is that even if one is increasing foods rich in beneficial bacteria but still microwaving, the benefits from that food may be tainted as precious nutrients and enzymes that support optimum health are being destroyed.
An Ounce of Prevention…
Benjamin Franklin once said that an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure. I don’t know for sure if microwaving is dangerous, but I choose to use the precautionary principle and just live without it.
Here’s to your health!