Microwaves have become staples in almost every kitchen. You can find them in the home kitchen, office to the dorm room.People are far to often running around with barely anytime to stop and cook a meal. The convenience and speed of them is a must in todays busy world. Microwaves cook food by heating from the inside out. They emit radio waves that “excite” the molecules in food, which generates heat, cooking the food.
Microwaves have an undeserved reputation of emitting radiation that can cause cancer and destroy the nutrients in food. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, microwaving food can actually preserve some of the nutrients in food because of the shorter cooking time. A great example of this is Vitamin C in Broccoli.
There are a number of healthy “cooking” benefits to microwaving food to:
- Many cooking methods will burn away important nutrients. Due to little or no added water, covered cooking and a short heating time, some microwave meals are recommended due to their ability to hold onto essential nutritional value.
- Because microwaved meals are cooked in their own juice, it eliminates the need to add butter, oils or salt. This enables the food to lock in its flavor, allowing you to enjoy it without ingesting unnecessary sodium, sugar or fat.
- Using a microwave is fast and easy, but actually preparing nutritious meals rather than a quick meal is possible. Using Ziploc brand’s Zip ’n Steam bags can help prepare seafood and vegetables incredibly fast.
There are a few tips to using the microwave:
- Add a little water to the container and/or cover with a wet paper towel to keep the food from drying out.
- Poke holes or make a few slices, to allow the steam to escape.
- Do not put metal or aluminum foil in the microwave as it can cause damage.
Microwaves are not harmful to your health and actually retain nutrients better than some other form of cooking as they tend to ‘burn’ the nutrients out of the food. Granted, I prefer taking more time and cooking the old fashion way, but in todays busy environment, microwaving is a perfectly good alternative