Microwave myths you can stop believing

At Chefgood we love microwaves and we’re not afraid to show it. They’re quick. They’re easy. They’re the most convenient way to heat up meals!

Microwaves cop a bit of flack though. There are many old wives tales surrounding the ‘dangers’ of microwaving your food. We hear these rumours so often, it’s likely you still might believe some of the microwave myths.

But there is nothing dangerous or bad about using your microwave to quickly and efficiently heat up your meal. Let’s debunk the myths:

Myth 1: Microwaves give you cancer

This myth has been around for years, circulated on the internet and by word of mouth. It’s said that the radiofrequency (RF) radiation used by microwaves is a danger to you and can cause cancer. Nope. In fact, this type of low energy radiation is all around you anyway, whether you use a microwave or not. Your microwave is also specially designed to keep it’s RF radiation within the unit – heating up your food, not hurting you!

The Cancer Council tells us, “If you follow the instructions for use for a microwave oven there is no known harmful effect on humans.”

Myth busted.

Myth 2: Microwaving zaps the nutrients out of your food

Microwaving your food doesn’t put your nutrients in danger more than any other cooking method. There is no specific microwave related harm that comes to nutrient levels when you heat your food this way.

Harvard Health says, “The cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible. Microwaving meets those criteria.”

That works for us.

Myth 3: Any non-metal dish is safe to microwave

Unfortunately, this is also a myth. But fortunately for Chefgood customers all of our meals that need heating come in microwave-safe containers. You can usually just pierce the film, heat and eat!

Be careful when heating things in other plastic containers, make sure they are marked ‘microwave safe’. If they are not, play it safe by emptying into a glass or ceramic container to heat in the microwave.

We’d love to hear from you! Is there another microwave myth or story you’d like us to investigate? Let us know in the comments below.

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