How Foods Get Cooked in the Microwave

  • Microwave Principle
    Microwave Principle
    • The microwaves that penetrate the food have an electric field that oscillates 2.45 billion times a second, a frequency that is well absorbed by polar liquid molecules such as water, sugars, fats and other food molecules.
    • Water interacts with the microwave

                    -flipping its orientation back and forth very rapidly

                    -bumping into one another and producing heat, cooking the food.

    • Glass, paper, ceramic, or plastic containers are used as the microwaves pass through them
    • Metal reflects microwaves- Unsafe to have metal pans/aluminum foil in oven, may damage oven

5 thoughts on “How Foods Get Cooked in the Microwave”

  1. This provides clarity on the actions of how a microwave works, but the trick that people do not get enough raw and uncooked veggies. Instead of going to a nuked item people really need a salad or some fruit.

    Frankly, I prefer the simpler heating methods and have recently begun to try infra-red as an alternative. Just something about the actual microwaves that just does not seem right for food.

    Plus the plastics leaching into food thing, is kind of a turn off.

    Clifford Mitchem
    Advocare Distributor
    Nutrition + Fitness = Health

    1. Well I disagree with your comment dear…….Microwave is a part of whole electromagnetic spectrum. If we go for more technical study than in microwave oven simple electromagnetic wave is passed through transformer and band width is maintained to such a level so its quite safe to use on food products. Microwaves utility is not just restricted to oven but it’s used in radar, satellites for communications, weather reports which are much stronger that the bandwidth used for oven and you are under direct contact with these waves. Though you can never compete with raw material nutritional value but this method of cooking comes under minimal processing methods only in which loss of nutrients is quite less as compared to other heating methods. No study have directly proved detrimental effects of microwave cooking as people are using it for years on regular basis. Plus as far as plastic leaching is considered then also I disagree because plastic is not heated to such a level that it starts leaching. Microwaves act usually on ionic matter which are dipolar in nature and are in free state like water, fats etc.So microwaves are associated with lot of myths rather than technical know how of band width range and hertz knowledge a frequency approximately 2.5 GHz.
      . It is a safe method of cooking.

  2. As long as we can disagree and still be friends I am okay with that.

    I have not problem with microwaves and electronics, however I speak on speakerphone as much as possible and I no longer keep my phone in my pocket. Also, I am not eating any of those products. For anything we eat raw is best we can agree on that.

    When it comes to studies the Russian abstention speaks volumes, although it is not based on antiquated tech. However, studies in themselves are regulated by the same people that say gmo is just fine and aspartame is no problem. The plastics still are an issue for me considering the bpa issues that people have only recently addressed. Just because the plastic is not reaching melting point says nothing against gassing. Plus, the celophane that is used as a surface coating or any other chemical that is used to make the surface non-stick.

    Myths abound in everything, along with planted disinfo. As for me and my house we will choose not to microwave. 🙂

    Clifford Mitchem
    Advocare Distributor
    Nutrition + Fitness = Health

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