January 21, 2013

How to Eat Cleaner – Day 22 of 31 – Microwaves. Safe or not? I have no idea.

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How to Eat Cleaner – Day 22 of 31 – Microwaves. Safe or not? I have no idea.

Hello everyone. I’m so excited that you decided to join me in our 31 days to cleaner or healthier eating. Each one of these videos will have 1 simple concept for you to chew on. It’s your choice what you do with it. Try it for a day, a week, a month or implement for your entire life. My hope is it helps you open your mind to learning more about fueling your body more healthily.

Part of cleaning up what we eat is getting educated and alot of these videos focus on awareness.

Today we talk about microwaves, this is another topic that could be pages and pages.  Here is just a brief overview, please research for yourself if you want to dig deeper.

There is alot of debate over whether heating food in a microwave destroys the value of the food. Honestly, both sides site scientific studies so it’s very hard to make heads or tails of it. If using a microwave is going to help you eat healthier, then by all means use it. If you are unsure of the safety of it. Spend some time researching it and look for valid scientific evidence. If you find anything valuable, please share it with me. I would love to see it.

Plastics have also been a part of the debate. Some say that certain plastics can leak cancer causing chemicals into the food. One way to be sure is to use glass containers in the microwave. BPA free plastics are also another option.

What we want to do is make sure we are using the microwave safely. Alot of food poisoning comes from heating food unevenly. So, some have suggested heating raw meats, eggs, animal products the traditional way and just using the microwave for reheating.

Be careful when heating liquids, they can splatter since they will not boil. So, let them sit a little while before opening the microwave. This is a good practice for most microwaving since the outside of the food is generally not as hot as the center and you don’t want to burn yourself.

If you are going to use a microwave be careful that you don’t overcook food because that can destroy the quality of nutrition of the food. This goes for using conventional cooking too.

My challenge is to do some research. What do you think of the microwave debate?

Thanks for your time. This is Coach Lana and I would love for you to join me at http://facebook.com/coachlana so we can connect.


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