Frequently asked Questions on Disadvantages of Microwave Cooking

Whenever I have used the word "Microwave Oven", many of my friends have asked me about the loss of nutrition. Without even a proper knowledge on how microwave cooking affects nutrition, we stick to the belief. But some us need microwave cooking, while we travel or stay in hotels. If it happens to be a country in which you don't get Indian food easily, you definitely need some help. I myself have faced this type of situation. Learning something about microwave cooking would help us atleast to manage for a few days. I did a small research on this topic and have a few points on the disadvantages of microwave cooking. I hope this would answer the mostly asked questions.

What are the disadvantages of microwave cooking ?
  1. Mostly the cooking will be uneven. Nothing will be cooked uniformly.
  2. Some vegetables get cooked properly and some vegetables doesn't get cooked properly. For example: potatoes, carrot, beans and tomatoes get cooked evenly. 
  3. Some vegetables get dry, while cooking in microwave. For example: onions, cabbage and ladies finger get cooked unevenly and become dry.
  4. We should take at most care to avoid the thing getting burnt.
  5. Using wrong kind of plastic is known to cause cancer, as per some journals. Selecting a correct microwaveable plastic is not happening because of lack of knowledge
  6. Some journals say that there is a loss of nutrition because of microwave cooking,

Does microwave cooking causes nutrition loss ?
  1. Microwaving cooks the food at very high temperatures in a very short amount of time. This results in a nutrient loss for most foods, especially vegetables. 
  2. Some journals state that you could cook with very less water and it might help some extent to retain the nutritions. If and only if you don't have a second option, use microwave cooking. 

Does microwave cooking causes cancer ?
  1. Most of the websites say that microwave cooking causes carcinogens. 
  2. Some journals deny the statement. 
  3. So we don't have a conclusive statement for this question.

What are the precautions we should take while cooking in microwave oven ?
  1. Don't boil babies milk in microwave oven.
  2. Don't use microwave cooking, while you give the food to babies.
  3. Use proper microwaveable plastic to cook using this type of oven. Better use ceramic or glass vessels. 
  4. Don't cook non-veg food using microwave.
  5. Don't use microwave often
  6. Better limit the usage of microwaves to just reheat the food

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