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Microwave Mistakes That Hinder Your Health

By Brandi Goodman 

Using the microwave is a convenience that many people won't soon stop using. Why wait hours for a meal to cook when you can throw it in a smaller appliance that only takes minutes? While most microwaves are deemed safe, there are quite a few microwave mistakes people are making that can hinder their health. Make sure you avoid these practices in the future. 

You Don't Stir Your Food

If you aren't stirring your food in the middle of the cooking cycle, you're going to get uneven temperatures throughout the dish. While the outside area may be hot, the inside can still be frozen. Improperly heated foods can lead to illness if you aren't careful. Make sure you take the food out of the microwave and give it a good stir to help break up any icy spots and ensure it can cook more evenly throughout the rest of the process.

You Heat Food in Plastic Containers

Plastic containers, and even bowls, can emit chemicals that don't react well to the heat. You don't want unnecessary chemicals in your food that can harm your health. Make sure you're using containers deemed microwave-safe and using glass or ceramic options instead of plastic to hold your food for the best results.

You Grab Your Food With Your Bare Hands

Grabbing the container of food out of the microwave with your bare hands is almost always a mistake. If the dish got especially hot, you're going to burn your hands in the process. You should still use an oven mitt or pot holder to grab the bowl or plate safely without causing damage to your extremities. 

You Don't Check the Temperature

When you cook meat in the oven, on the stove, or on the grill, you most likely have a meat thermometer that can check on its temperature. If it isn't yet heated to the safe mark, then you know it requires more cooking time. Yet, very few people take the time to check the temperature on meals they microwave. Whether it's meat or other leftovers, it's important that you get the food heated correctly. All leftovers should be reheated to at least 158 degrees to ensure it's safe to consume.

Microwaves are a great convenience that can get a meal cooked up quickly when you have limited time. You just need to keep some precautions in mind so you aren't hindering your health simply for convenience. It's best to limit your microwave meals anyway, and cook things fully and safely inside an oven or on the stovetop. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anaheim, Calif.

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