Do you know how a microwave works? It may surprise you that there have been changes proven to be detrimental to health that occur in food that has been microwaved and further degenerative changes in your body from eating that microwaved food. Yes, what you’ve suspected all along is true.
Microwaves operate at or about 2.45 GHz of radiation . This radiation, when contacting a polar molecule (food), causes a momentary shift in that substances polarity. That motion causes friction and friction emits heat. Food is cooked by violently shaking the water and other molecules fast enough to heat the food. Problems begin when that friction is happening up to 100 billion times per second and causing major structural damage to the surrounding molecules, tearing them apart and forever changing them. This has a technical term “structural isomerism.” These changed molecules no longer act as they are expected to and our bodies handle them differently. Many are in fact, changed quite readily to well known carcinogens.
Many warnings have been issued and largely ignored specifically about baby bottles, milk, and formula. The main warning that seems to get press is the danger of burning a baby with liquid that is “surprisingly” hot coming out of the microwave and, of course this is a concern, but it really is the least of our worries. There is an interesting study by Dr. Lita Lee of Hawaii who reported in the December 9, 1989 Lancet:
“Microwaving baby formulas converted certain trans-amino acids into their synthetic cis-isomers. Synthetic isomers, whether cis-amino acids or trans-fatty acids, are not biologically active. Further, one of the amino acids, L-proline, was converted to its d-isomer, which is known to be neurotoxic (poisonous to the nervous system) and nephrotoxic (poisonous to the kidneys). It’s bad enough that many babies are not nursed, but now they are given fake milk (baby formula) made even more toxic via microwaving.”
Also interesting was the case of the nurse who warmed blood for a transfusion in a microwave and it subsequently killed the patient. Clearly something changes in whatever is warmed in a microwave and few people are questioning what those changes are. A Swiss study involving vegetables and milk did in fact show substantial changes in some basic blood chemistry of patients receiving microwaved food. These changes included a decrease in hemoglobin, an increase in cholesterol, and maybe most important was a sharp decrease in lymphocytes (immune cells).
In the 1970’s Russian scientists did actual studies on the effects on humans of microwaving food, and the government then banned the use and sale of microwaves. A summary of their findings:
- Microwaving prepared meats sufficiently to insure sanitary ingestion caused formation of d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known carcinogen.
- Microwaving milk and cereal grains converted some of their amino acids into carcinogens.
- Thawing frozen fruits converted their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogenic substances.
- Extremely short exposure of raw, cooked or frozen vegetables converted their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.
- Carcinogenic free radicals were formed in microwaved plants, especially root vegetables.
- Decrease in nutritional value
Russian researchers also reported a marked acceleration of structural degradation leading to a decreased food value of 60 to 90% in all foods tested. Among the changes observed were: Decreased bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential minerals and lipotropics factors in all food tested. Various kinds of damage to many plant substances, such as alkaloids, glucosides, galactosides and nitrilosides. The degradation of nucleo-proteins in meats.
The problems only get worse when we microwave a food in plastic wrap or in a plastic bowl. The toxic compounds that come out of the plastic are far higher than our government says is safe. Another whole category of products leeched out of plastic in the microwave are xenoestrogens. That is a whole different can of worms for a later date.
Although we can’t say that we have done any clinical tests on microwaved foods, we can say that we all know microwaved food tastes different, has different texture and looks different and if you are what you eat, how different to you want to be than the natural human you were born to be?