Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Your Microwave CAN KILL YOU (According To Denmark Vesey)

Sometimes I really wonder where they come up with this stuff ...

Denmark Vesey is running this rant about how bad microwave cooked food is for you.

Some of it may be valid. Of course it makes sense that you probably wouldn't want to heat baby bottles in the microwave because, let's face it, the stuff that comes out of there tends to burn with a passion if you don't give it enough time to cool off.

But then he goes on with, "Microwave energy from the sun and other stars is direct current based. Artificially produced microwaves, including those in ovens, are produced from alternating current and force a billion or more polarity reversals per second in every food molecule they hit."

How in GOD'S name can there be such rampant scientific ignorance in the world?

Yes, microwaves DO alternate a couple of billion times a second WHETHER THEY COME FROM A MICROWAVE OVEN OR THE SUN. The microwaves used in a typical household oven are in the 2 gigahertz range. That's two billion cycles a second, folks.

The other type of heating is called "blackbody" radiation. Basically, either you heat up a metal element with straight 60 Hz A.C. or you set fire to natural gas or propane and you create blackbody radiation heavily spiking in the infrared range. It heats the air in the oven and then the air heats the food.

Microwaves are different - they're almost like lasers - you put almost all your energy into a very narrow band of frequencies that take advantage of an electrical peculiarity of the water molecule and - ZAP - your food heats up much faster.

The only problem is that immediately after you "nuke" something in the microwave, those little water molecules are nicely transmitting radiation at the same frequency they were hit with and that frequency is nowhere near as efficient at heating dry skin as it is moist mouth and throat linings so, yep - if you eat something too soon after you take it out of the microwave, it may feel much "cooler" to your hands than to the inside of your mouth and, yes, you can burn the f*ck out of yourself.

Do you have to take more caution with a microwave than a convention oven?


Is the microwave somehow possessed by the devil because it's a "new" invention?

Somehow I doubt it ...



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