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I have heard of negative views of them and that it alters the DNA of food.<br><br>
Someone send me a email research paper showing house plants that one had been given ordinary water from a tap and the other plant watered by microwaved water and after three weeks the microwaved watered plant was dying.<br><br><br><br>
I dont use mine much, but I am wary of it now.
 

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Someone send me a email research paper showing house plants that one had been given ordinary water from a tap and the other plant watered by microwaved water and after three weeks the microwaved watered plant was dying.</div>
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They only used two plants? The plant that was watered with the microwaved water could have died of something else <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:">.<br><br>
Could you provide us with a link to this "research paper"?
 

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I think I received the same email. If it is the same study it was about as unscientific as you can get. It was basically someone doing it in their own home with glasses on their window sill.<br><br><br><br>
If it's not that one, if it's a properly conducted study, I'd like to see it. I'm extremely sceptical but I'd be interested tosee legitimate research.
 

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I used to have one, but then I wasn't confident that it wasn't leaking. I could slide a piece of paper through the crack in the door, even when it was on. I returned it (after about a year) and got a replacement. That one was the same, so I just got rid of it. Now, I just warm things up on the stovetop or in the oven. It's a little more time consuming, but has set my mind at ease.
 

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I first unplugged my microwave last may when I went raw. I plugged it in again for probably 2 weeks at the end of last year, and it's been unplugged and stored since.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I use my microwave sometimes. I generally cook on the stove but there are a few things I will nuke just for convenience's sake.</span>
 

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I use it nearly every day, mostly for defrosting food, cooking jacket potatoes and heating milk for cocoa.<br><br><br><br>
Last week I was looking for the method of freezing spinach and found an article on a study which had found that blanching by microwave was better than boiling or steaming as it preserved the texture and more vitamin C than the other methods.
 

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I use it to heat up coffee and leftovers, and cook granola. I like to use my stove, but since I don't have a dishwasher, I don't like reheating things there since it gives me even more dishes to wash.
 

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We did for many years and then it broke and we never replaced it. Spiderman has a fear of them. After he had cancer and all those long months of radiation he said he didn't want any more radiated stuff near him. he won't even use wireless phones or internet because he feels it puts out stuff in the air. he won't ever use a microwave. I will use one at work about 3 times a week but am trying not to as it is old and takes AGES to heat making me feel like it is really putting negative stuff in my food. But I've gotten used to reheating on the stove. it is not so bad when you get going, just takes longer (although not as long as the microwave at work which really makes me worried)<br><br><br><br>
Besides, where would I put it in my wee kitchen???
 

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I've never heard anything *credible* to say that microwaving was bad. I use my microwave for melting chocolate, reheating foods and nuking the occasional veggie dog.
 

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I would if I had one, since I usually eat straight out of my storage containers and it's more convenient than reheating in a pan and having to wash that too.<br><br><br><br>
The plant story is not only missing a couple of samples, the pictures are also apparently <a href="http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=55420" target="_blank">faked</a>.
 

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I'm very skeptical about them and prefer not to use them if at all possible, 'cause the whole concept just sorta creeps me out.<br><br><br><br>
(No, I don't wear a foil hat to protect me from little green aliens, microwaves are pretty much my only irrational phobia. :p )<br><br><br><br>
I do have some 'research' and documents in rather scientific looking journals and such, but they're all in Norweigan (and only loosely translated by a Language professor friend of mine), so I can't verify them as 100% credible, though it's convincing enough for me. {shrug}<br><br><br><br>
We used to have a microwave, but it broke a month ago and I didn't even know it was broken until last week, so I doubt we'll replace it - my kids are a little skeptical but they don't realize how little they used the old one, I think they'll be OK.
 

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I love my microwave <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I use it for reheating coffee, defrosting meals I cooked in batches before putting them in the oven, and for heating up tinned soup & ravioli. And sometimes for microwave meals if I can find vegan ones.<br><br>
I'm pretty much in the "it makes my life a lot easier so it'd have to be really bad to put me off" school of thought <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I took one of those "biological age" online tests this weekend and one of the questions was how often you use your microwave. Until then I never considered that it could be unhealthy. After that, and now seeing this thread, I'm suspicious. Some foods are difficult to reheat without a microwave, though. I'm accustomed to stirring the sauce into the spaghetti when I put it away for leftovers. This weekend, being paranoid aout the microwave, I tried reheating the mixed spaghetti on the stovetop. It kept wanting to burn to the bottom, so I put it on low, covered it, and stirred it every minute for about 10 minutes until it was finally warm. Even so, some stuck to the bottom of the pan.
 

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Colorful - For spaghetti with sauce - put it in a pan covered with foil in the oven for 10 min. (or faster in a toaster over) and it'll be warm - OR add a little water and heat on the stovetop, by the time the extra water evaporates, it'll be hot and it won't stick much at all.<br><br><br><br>
I agree, there definitely are foods that are easier to re-heat in the microwave, but once you rethink some of them, they work just fine.
 

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We use ours mostly for re heating and for heating water for tea in the morning, I am skeptical of it but hubby insists we keep it.<br><br>
i would prefer to heat my water on the stove and get a small toaster oven to use for some things,<br><br>
i can see his point about wasting electricity by heating up the entire oven to reheat a small plate.
 

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I don't have a microwave.<br><br><br><br>
My kitchen is small, and I prefer the taste of the food I make on the stovetop and in the oven, rather than in the microwave, plus I find the stovetop easier to stir and I get better consistency of heat, etc.<br><br><br><br>
I do miss the microwave for heating water for tea. It is quick and more energy efficient than the stove top, but I can't really justify the space, money, and materials use, to use it to heat my water. Although I do use one when I'm at a job which has one.<br><br><br><br>
Sometimes I'm not sure about people's reaction to the word radiation. Light is a form of radiation, so are radio waves (AM, FM, shortwave, CBs, TV, etc), and there's cosmic rays. We're bombarded by all sorts of radiation all day long. People get more radiation from sitting in front of their CRT computer monitors than from being next to a microwave. Although there are some cheap microwaves that leak microwave radiation, so I guess one of those microwaves may be worse than sitting in front of a CRT. But usually microwaves aren't used for very long, while people sit in front of their monitors for hours on end...<br><br><br><br>
But that radiation is different from the "nuclear" radiation used in medicine and from reactors. Although there is some of the above mentioned radiation too in medicine and reactors.
 
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