Microwaves are an alternative cooking devices other than a gas stove convenient and easy to use. In addition, the microwave also does not cause smoke or smell of food while cooking.
But behind the simplicity and practicality, the microwave is more dangerous than a gas stove or oven analog. Generating microwave radiation at certain concentrations, can damage the sensitive parts of the body.
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and some experts say the radiation from microwave still within safe limits, there is still the risk that may occur. To avoid the adverse effects of food processing with microwave, do these three tips, as quoted from Care2.
1. Minimize Radiation Exposure
If you hold your microwave security certification from the authorities (FDA, for example), it is certain radiation exposure is less than 5 milliwatts per cm2 within two inches of the oven. These calculations are far below levels that are harmful to human health, and the radiation can be reduced if the farther the distance from the oven. But you should still take safety precautions.
Avoid cooking or being in front of a burning microwave too long. Microwave radiation that is too high can cause cataracts and damage the eye lens. In addition, if the radiation exposure of the lower body (pelvis down), can damage the testicles in men and lead to temporary infertility.
Before operating the microwave, read and follow all instructions in the manual correctly. Do not use this tool if the doors or dented or damaged casing. Also, do not ever operate the microwave when the door is open. Microwave nice, usually equipped with a lock and a controller that will turn off automatically when the door is open.
2. Avoid Using Containers of Metal or Plastic
Do not use containers of metal, aluminum and plastic to cook or warm up food in the microwave. These materials can reflect heat, making food cooked unevenly and may damage the oven. Containers of thin metal can also cause sparks fire risk.
Should also avoid the use of plastic containers. Some products may be labeled ‘microwave safe’ that claims included in a microwave safe. But usually only a few truly safe. Most plastic products are prone to melting or releasing hazardous chemicals such as Bisphenol A – can cause nervous breakdown. Use glass or ceramic equipment safer.
3. Note Maturity Food
Microwave, cook food with heat from the radiation. This led to the maturation of the few types of food sometimes uneven, especially raw meat. So make sure your microwave temperature is hot enough to ripen and kill bacteria in meat. For canned foods, cooking on the stove will be more secured. Because the temperature of the microwave is usually not high enough to kill bacteria may stick when opening cans.