The biggest 80s health myth has just been busted… Do you trust it?

Through the 60s, 70s and 80s, there were very few things that we truly considered bad for our health. One of the biggest, were microwave ovens.

For so long we’ve debated over whether or not the radiation is bad for our food and bad for our health. Some people say it’s awful and refuse to use them. Fears of cancer were dominant and most people believed that their food was sucked of all nutrients. However, we’ve continued using them and living in fear out of the sheer convenience they offer us. So it’s time to find out for once and for all, whether or not they are actually harmful and dangerous.

The American Chemical Society has kindly decided to give us all some clarity on the issue and released a video (below) that spells it out very clearly.

The ACS explains that radiation isn’t necessarily radioactive, despite popular confusion surrounding the relationship between the two terms. Plus, the amount of radiation that you would be exposed to even if you pressed yourself two inches or less from a microwave oven for the entire span of its usage in your home wouldn’t even be enough to make you grow a sixth finger—let alone if you’re a couple of feet away from the microwave when you use it, which is much more likely. “There has never been any research to show that microwave ovens can cause any long-term damage to people, so let’s just drop it, folks,” the narrator says.

And if food quality is your issue, then stop the stressing. The video reveals that microwaving your food is actually one of the best ways to maintain its nutritional value despite being led to believe the complete opposite. An unaffiliated 2003 study found that aside from ascorbic acid, microwaving vegetables actually retains more of their nutrients than boiling or blanching them.

So watch for your self below and tell us, do you trust this new information on microwaving your food? Do you trust that microwaves won’t give you health problems? Share your thoughts in the comments below… 


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