Few of us consider the fact that this common kitchen appliance is actually a powerful machine, capable of emitting up to two-thousand watts of electricity and heating food to over 200°F. When you’re heating up leftovers from yesterday’s dinner after a long day at work, how much time do you spend thinking about the potential microwave dangers? The radiation? How do you know that the radiation it emits is not leaking from your microwave? What is the last time you had yours checked for a leakage? Did you know that of all the people I have talked to, I have not yet heard of one who has actually had their microwave tested for leakage? Should pregnant women stand next to the microwave in the kitchen since they do not know if there is any leakage?
There is some troubling science of what actually happens when we microwave our foods, which is enough for me to raise my clinician’s eyebrow that I want to share with you here.
We have not had a microwave in our home for years and I have never microwaved anything nor will I ever: that is my commitment to my husband’s and my health. The truth is that you CAN live without it. I have recently fought my husband AND our contractor against a built-in microwave oven during our kitchen renovation arguing for adding one on the countertop when we are ready to sell the house. Well, I lost: I was told that if we want the house to sell, the microwave MUST be installed in the kitchen. That is what people expect and want. It made me realize how far away from foods we have come. Life without a microwave is really possible and delicious too. Let’s bring it back! Take me up on the 14-Day Ditch the Microwave Challenge!