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May 31, 2009

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Snopes.com repeated this experiment in a more controlled/correct manner and was unable to duplicate the results. http://www.snopes.com/science/microwave/plants.asp

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Microwaves have been shown to affect foods in these ways:2

Reduce levels of vitamin B 12
Vitamin B 12 is essential for red blood cell formation, preventing anemia, and a healthy nervous system.
Decrease flavonoids by 97%!
Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-microbial properties.
Break down bacteria-digesting enzymes in breast milk
Babies rely on enzymes from breast milk to establish a healthy inner ecosystem that digests food, absorbs nutrients and protects against pathogens.
Lower levels of sinapic acid derivatives
Sinapic acids scavenge for and neutralize free radicals, cancer-causing agents in your body.
Decrease antibody levels in breast milk
Antibodies in mother's milk protect babies from infections.
Microwaving foods may preserve more vitamins than boiling, for example, but that does not make it a safe and nutritious cooking choice.

Microwaving can significantly alter levels of vitamins and nutrients that you need for a healthy body.

Jay

How can you base your argument that microwaves corrupt the DNA in food on this experiment? There is no DNA in water. And plants don't have fat cells. Your argument is completely flawed, especially since you have a sample size of 1 for each group.

Brendan

Interesting experimental concept though I'm not sure from the article that all variables were controlled and accounted for.

For example, the article asserts that microwaves disrupt DNA. This poses more than a few problems: water has no DNA -- so is the writer referring to the microbes and living organisms that can be found in the water? The microwaves excite the water molecules which begin to vibrate - the vibrations become heat as the microwaves are absorbed.

Microwaving, contrary to popular belief, can actually preserve food and nutrients. Here's what the FDA says:

"Microwave cooking does not reduce the nutritional value of foods any more than conventional cooking. In fact, foods cooked in a microwave oven may keep more of their vitamins and minerals, because microwave ovens can cook more quickly and without adding water."

I'm not sure that the body of scientific work that exists on microwaves would concur with this kitchen experiment. While I'm not advocating for microwaves per sé, I am also leery of accepting quasi-scientific explanations that aren't strongly rooted in the scientific method.

joe

interesting results, but it's not science unless you use multiple* plants in both categories

Alex

Thanks for sharing this info!

nightbird2009

thanks for the info... I have been thru enough with radiation for cancer, and cells with dna messed with thru chemo, so I don't need anymore tampering, for sure! this just proves to me what I suspected, I don't need a clinical trial to realize this is correct info you are passing on... xoxo

Zoe V.

Amazing discovery. Having a 6 month old son I never heated up anything in the microwave for him. My use for the microwave is very minimal but after reading your blog it gives me some "food" for thought. Thank you for enlightening us.

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