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Don't Zap That! Food Never to Microwave

By Sara Butler

Don't believe everything you hear about microwaves. It's a notorious myth that they zap all the nutrients from your vegetables as they heat them up. The truth is that microwaves can be a very handy tool in the kitchen that doesn't reduce the nutrition of your food. But there are still some things that should never be put in a microwave for your own safety. Here are some foods that you should never zap in your microwave.

Whole Eggs

Eggs are incredibly nutritious and provide you with a ton of nutrients with relatively few calories. Plus, they're incredibly versatile, as you can put them on toast, hard boil them, scramble them with a few vegetables. But one place where they don't belong is in the microwave.

If you put an egg in the microwave, be prepared to clean up a very large mess. Whole eggs in the microwave have been known to explode, but that's not even the worst part. There are also some reports that the eggs don't explode until after it's done, which means that you could be preparing to take your first bite and get a very hot face full of egg. It's simply not safe -- the pressure from the steam builds up inside the egg and can be hazardous to your health, as well as the health of your microwave.

Processed Meat

Processed meats aren't good for you for a variety of reasons -- and those reasons are made worse by the microwave. The preservatives and chemicals contained in processed, cured meat can oxidize in the microwave, making them terrible for your cholesterol and your heart health overall. If you're going to eat sausages, bacon, or lunch meat (in moderation, of course), then you should find another way to cook them aside from the microwave.

Grapes

You may be wondering why you'd want to put a grape in the microwave, or it's dehydrated cousin, the raisin, but if the opportunity ever presents itself, then you should give it a hard pass. Grapes can actually ignite into flames in the microwave and raisins can smoke. It may be related to the high amount of sugar you can find in grapes and raisins, but it's best to simply avoid the circumstances that would produce fiery results.

The microwave should be avoided for some foods, but make sure to use it for others including your favorite vegetables. it's a great tool to use for nutritious meals in your kitchen. 

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

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