01 May Health Hazards posed by Microwave Radiation Leakage
Each and every house appliance which works on electricity releases a certain amount of electromagnetic field which is harmful for human consumption. Same is the case with microwave ovens too wherein the radiation leaked from the appliance can pose a grave health risk for the human cells and tissues. And, as compared to other appliances running on electricity, the potential risk factor is more in microwave ovens.
The radiation leakage from microwave ovens is such that, the Australian Standards have a set a limit of leakage, which every manufacturer of microwave oven has to adhere to. However, due to ageing of seals of microwave doors, the levels of leakages tend to increase which are more than the prescribed limits.
Irrespective of their individual culinary skills, more and more people are tempted to use microwave ovens, for cooking purposes. The easy and fast way to cook food poses a great health risk irrespective of the energy efficiency of microwave ovens. Hence, when it comes to using microwave ovens for their cooking needs, people should be well informed and aware about the potential health dangers due to radiation leakages from the appliance.
According to health experts, microwave leakages can result in cataracts to life threatening diseases like cancer. Although, manufacturers ensure of providing a metal mesh inside the ovens so as to prevent any radiation leakages, most of the renowned and popular brands of microwave ovens still experience leakages.
Here’s looking at some of the major health hazards and disadvantages pertaining to radiation leakages from microwave ovens.
Imbalances the nutrients in food
According to studies, cooking food in microwave reduces the nutritional content in food, resulting in people getting only a fraction of the required nutrients. Also, people are advised against heating milk in microwave ovens, for reasons that, the colostrum content in milk is destroyed when put inside a microwave oven.
Also, radiation waves which are used in ovens for heating water, which in turn, affects our body to absorb the microwave radiation as our bodies are made up of water.
Although, there are conflicting opinions about the use of microwave, it is an agreed fact that, microwave radiation does cause cataracts. People, who stand in front of microwave ovens, watching their favorite food being cooked, are more prone to developing cataracts.
Microwave compatible plastic containers tend to leak carcinogens into the food when heated inside the ovens. This, apart from microwaveable food containing certain chemicals like benzene, xylene, toluene and BPA, has been linked to various types of cancers.
Affects your heart and blood levels
Standing near the microwave oven for long hours leads to irregular functioning of the heart. Also, eating food cooked and heated in microwave oven, results in drop in blood levels and increase in cholesterol levels.