Microwaved food safety question
February 1, 2011 8:19 AM Subscribe
Microwaved food safety question - help me argue with (or gracefully capitulate to) my hippie friends!
posted by Frowner to Health & Fitness (26 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I move in hippie/radical circles where it is taken for granted that if you microwave food, the microwaves alter something (the enzymes? the chromosomes?) in the food which both robs it of nutrients and makes it actively hazardous to your health, possibly carcinogenic. I've done some googling and only found a couple of so-so studies, one from the Soviet Union in the seventies which (possibly! unclear whether this actually happened!) led the USSR to ban microwave ovens.
The problem is that I haven't found any pro-microwave information that my friends would view as reliable--ie, I found a useful article but republished by CBS, thus dodgy. (And honestly, I would be more convinced myself by something that originated in Nature, for example, rather than in mainstream US media.
I am looking for material about microwaved food, nutrients and safety that is produced by an NIH-like entity (takes some persuasion to get friends to accept NIH material--from the gubmint!-- but it's possible), an NIH-equivalent from another country, a reputable scientific journal and/or published by a reputable progressive/left magazine or website.
Any scientist-type people on Mefi who could produce a science-y explanation about this would be great too.
(And of course, if there is a wealth of reputable material about microwaves destroying nutrients and creating carcinogens, please link--I'm willing to eat crow to my friends (or eat tofu crow, anyway).