For a while now, I've felt uncomfortable about having a microwave in my kitchen.
Not only did it clutter up my small kitchen, and take up valuable bench space, but on the odd occasions I used it to reheat leftovers, it just didn't "feel right".
Because, all the while, I was thinking about how it works - by making water molecules in the food vibrate at high frequencies, turning it into steam, and thereby heating the food.
But it also changes the chemical structure of the food, by distorting and deforming the molecules. One scientist even proved that it can destroy DNA.
I couldn't help wondering what that food would do inside my body? Inside my children's little bodies? If the structure was changed, could our bodies even recognise that it was "food"?
I was remembering how one independant organisation (Powerwatch) says that even when a microwave is working correctly, the radiation levels in your kitchen are likely to be higher than those coming from the local mobile phone tower.
(See Dr Mercola's article for more info.)
And then there were those studies that showed a decrease in white blood cells after people ate microwaved food. Less white blood cells equals less immune function - not something I aspire to!
And even though I used it less and less, I still held onto it...."just in case"....
But with our house going up for sale, I decided to take the plunge. The microwave with the chipped paintwork inside (who knows what fumes it was depositing into our food?) is gone! For good...
And so far, I haven't missed it at all. And I'm revelling in the extra bench space and lack of clutter!
I have reached the conclusion that there is nothing which cannot be heated by placing under a grill, put into boiling water, or warmed in the oven.
I rarely used my microwave for defrosting, but if you do, it just needs a little forethought to get around that issue. Simply take the food out of the freezer a day or two in advance, and defrost in the fridge.
I figure that we are already being bombarded with radiation from every angle, so any changes which equal less radiation inside our own home, can only be positive...