There is no doubt microwave ovens has made our life easier most especially in the 21st century where everyone is always in a hurry and a rush. Though invented by Nazi’s to provide an easier method of cooking for their troops during World War II, it has been adopted by Americans for over 30 years and it use is on the rise in developing countries like Nigeria.
But as convenient as microwave ovens are, there are some dangers and health hazards that should make users have a re-think about the usage.
Microwaves oven reheat or cook food by emitting microwaves. The microwave is a type of electromagnetic radiation, this radiation is on a low end of the energy spectrum. The waves are by magnetron which is found within every microwave ovens. So it can be inferred that microwaves convert radiation to heat energy for cooking purpose.
We have heard so much about radiation and why we need to limit exposure to it, but using microwaves, especially, depending on it a bit too much is like avoiding danger all day but ingesting it at home. The following points should make you have a rethink.
1. Risk of Cancer: This may sound outrageous but when you reheat or cook in microwaves using plastic, you can create carcinogens. It has been discovered that the plastic can release carcinogens along with some other harmful and toxic chemicals into the food. A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that promotes carcinogenesis, the formation of cancer.
2. It Can Affect Your Heart: Due to the frequency of radiation of about 2.4 GHz radiation produced, microwaves can cause immediate effects on your body. Studies have revealed that radiation released by microwaves can cause irregularity of both heart rate and heart variability. So if you are experiencing irregular heartbeat and you make use of microwaves regularly, it is advisable that you stop eating from microwaves.
3.Destroys Breast Milk and Vitamin B12: Due to intense eat produced by microwaves, researchers have discovered vitamin B-12 are instantly negated once heated in microwaves. Same goes for breast milk. Breast milk that has been frozen or refrigerated are usually heated in a microwave, killing the bacterial fighting agents in the breast milk.
4.Microwaves sickness: If you use microwaves regularly and you use to experience some of these symptoms as identified by Natural Society, then you need to get rid of it.
- Impaired cognition
- Vision problems
- Depression and irritability
- Weakened immune system
- Insomnia and/or sleep disturbances
- Frequent urination and extreme thirst
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