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I was just wondering if there was any body else on this planet or on veggieboards that did not like microwaves. I don't trust them personally but I do not know anybody else that feels that way and I feel like I am the only person who does not own one!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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I would starve to death without a microwave. Seriously.<br><br><br><br>
I'm a terrible cook, and I always manage to burn something when I use the stove or oven. (Sometimes it's the food and sometimes it's my fingers, or, in a fit of klutziness, something like my elbow. Don't ask me how I do that. ^^;; )<br><br><br><br>
So yeah, I'm all about microwaves. If they ever come out saying that microwaved food causes cancer or something, I think I'll cry. ^^;;
 

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Microwaves make food taste gross. I avoid using them whenever possible and I think that it takes away from the fun fo cooking.
 

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Thats funny Ceryna, you sound like you adore your microwave!<br><br><br><br>
I'm kind of with you Tri. Apart from me not trusting it, I don't find the taste great and I feel like the fun has gone. I love my gas stove!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 

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microwaves scare me. but i do admit i use it solely to cook oatmeal. cause my mornings don't generally allow time for stovetop cooking.
 

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I use the nuker at work. That's about it. Other than that I think they are just a waste of space. I AM wondering this though, I always thought the microwave left your food devoid of nutrients, but I read then in some cookbook or health food book somewhere that it actually "seals in" the nutrients? I'd never heard this, and either way I'm still not rushing out to buy one, but it made me curious. Anybody know more?
 

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You know what though... Like you, I wouldn't rush out to get one. I just don't trust them (microwaves) or "experts" who say they are great. I am feeling better already that there are people out there like me!!
 

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i try not to use them if i can avoid it - i'd rather reheat on the stove or in the oven...but i will use it to reheat meals i bring to school or to make popcorn.<br><br><br><br>
as for "sealing in nutrients" - i've heard microwaves leave more nutrients in the food because of the quicker cooking time - but i would never want to actually "cook" something in the microwave, just because it usually comes out rubbery and funky.
 

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I think I heard that they are great at sealing in the nutrients and things like that, but still, I don't trust them as far as I can throw one! Mine is used for re-heating coffee and making popcorn....The REAL reason why anyone would run right out and pay $200 for such a counter-stealing, energy using contraption that turns everything else into inedible whit-leather.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br>
My sister used to cook with a microwave and she made some killer stuff, too. Stuff that you don't usually associate with "nukery" (my slang for "microwave cooking") but <i>she</i> did and it was good, too. Tasted like it came from the oven and everything - well, minus all the sauces and glazes that you have to use to make it look decent but looks aside, the stuff was good. Really good. Man!.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"> I wish I knew what she did to that stuff, but she won't tell *pout/hang lip/whine/sulk...*<br><br><br><br>
Well, that's sisters for ya.
 

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we gave our microwave away five years ago, after reading a study (that has been somewhat suppressed in the media) that talked about how it changes the molecular structure of foods cooked in it, rendering them nearly void of nutrition. you aren't supposed to reheat breastmilk in them, and a nurse who tried to warm plasma in one, killed the patient who recieved the blood as a result.<br><br><br><br>
i never really found that a microwave saved me that much time. we never ate frozen dinners much, i always liked hot air popped popcorn best, and one cup of water boils in 60 seconds on the stove top; the same amount of time it takes in the microwave.
 

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Do you have a reference or link of that study?<br><br><br><br>
Um, yeah I guess you shouldn't nuke living things, which a blood transfusion is (there are living cells in it)...<br><br><br><br>
As of breastmilk, i think the reason is that 1) it can heat unevenly -> burning the baby and 2) if the milk is heated too much, certain (important) compounds are destroyed.<br><br><br><br>
But then you also could give away your stove, b/c you're not supposed to boil breastmilk either...
 

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My microwave is used daily. I don't have time to cook and cooking is not that fun for me.<br><br><br><br>
While people find cooking food in the microwave is nasty I feel the same about gas stoves. My first apartment was a gas stove and I get sick thinkng about it.
 

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I have one but it is unplugged and I have not used it in 2 years. Occasionally I will heat up pasta or something at work with the microwave but I stay away from it as much as possible. When I did use the mic a lot it was for baked potatoes and even then if you over did it at all then it was disgusting. I think *not* using the microwave helps me to eat less when I am home (which is a good thing!) because food is not so handy the instand I crave it.
 

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I have never really liked the microwave much. When I was seven or so, I accidentally left a fork in the plate of spaghetti I was re-heating and the whole thing caught on fire. It set the smoke alarm off and everything. Talk about nasty. Ever since then, I have prefered to stick to my gas stove and steamers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Though I do use a microwave when i am short on time.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Oatmeal</i><br><br><b>Do you have a reference or link of that study?<br><br><br><br>
Um, yeah I guess you shouldn't nuke living things, which a blood transfusion is (there are living cells in it)...<br><br><br><br>
As of breastmilk, i think the reason is that 1) it can heat unevenly -> burning the baby and 2) if the milk is heated too much, certain (important) compounds are destroyed.<br><br><br><br>
But then you also could give away your stove, b/c you're not supposed to boil breastmilk either...</b></div>
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i can't find the specific study we read online, but many different articles talking about the dangers of microwaves reference it. here is a link to one of them:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.drninasilver.com/default.asp?contentID=716" target="_blank">http://www.drninasilver.com/default.asp?contentID=716</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">In 1991, Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Dr. Bernard H. Blanc of the University Institute for Biochemistry published the results of a thorough clinical examination of microwaved nutrients and their effects on the blood and human physiology. Among their findings was an alarming increase of leukocytes (white blood cells), which indicates abnormal condition of the system such as poisoning or cell membrane damage. This can indicate a pre-cancerous state in the blood. At the time, Hertel was employed by a major international food company. It fired him "for questioning certain processing procedures that denatured the food." [emphasis added] In 1992, the Swiss Association of Dealers for Electro-apparatuses for Households and Industry pressured a Swiss court to issue a gag order against the doctors. One year later, Dr. Hertel was prohibited<br><br><br><br><i>from declaring that food prepared in the microwave oven shall be dangerous to health and lead to changes in the blood of consumers, giving reference to pathologic troubles as also indicative for the beginning of a cancerous process. The defendant shall be prohibited from repeating such a statement in publications and in public talks by punishment laid down in the law.</i> Valentine, Tom. "Microwave Tragedy" in Acres, USA, April 1994, p. 6<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The decision was finally reversed in Austria in 1998, but the damage had been done: Americans believe that microwave ovens are safe. Even the best organic food diet is destroyed by this very dangerous radiation. When you eat in restaurants, make sure that your food is not being prepared in a microwave oven.<br><br><br><br>
Not all technology is bad. As Hertel himself said in an interview with Tom Valentine that appeared in "Microwave Tragedy" in the April 1994 issue of Acres, USA:<br><br><br><br><i>We, the scientists, carry the main responsibility for the present unacceptable conditions. It is therefore our job to correct the situation and bring the remedy to the world. I am striving to bring [humankind] and techniques back into harmony with nature. We can have wonderful technologies without violating nature.</i> Valentine, Tom. "Microwave Tragedy" in Acres, USA, April 1994, p. 1</div>
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hope that helps! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
i understand that microwaves are convenient for people and i urge everyone to make their own informed choices about the benefits vs. the risks of cooking via microwaves. i personally haven't missed it at all. i just have to plan my meals more carefully (to make sure things defrost a day ahead of time) and i got used to eating my leftovers cold or at room temperature. it tastes better to me than leftovers re-heated in a microwave, anyway.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by piglet</i><br><br><b>I only use the microwave for frozen meals, and to heat leftovers. I use the stove for everything else.</b></div>
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me too.<br><br><br><br>
I couldn't imagine using the microwave to actually cook something, rather than reheat or defrost it. Can you make biscuits in the microwave? spaghetti?? I wouldn't even know where to begin.<br><br><br><br>
And gas stoves? oohhhhhhh I looooooooooooove gas stoves!! (then again, I'm a control freak, and gas stoves are ALL about control <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )<br><br><br><br>
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Yeah, thanks Kreeli!<br><br><br><br>
I'm not convinced by the arguments, but it would be too long and offtopic to debunk all the pseudoscience. I was not able to find one single webpage about the Swiss study that was not on hosted on a pseudoscience website (natural healing, "magnetic fields" etc).<br><br><br><br>
However if it were true that a MW "strips food of all its nutritional value", I would have starved long ago.<br><br><br><br>
But to each his own, I'm not looking for debate... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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