Microwave Oven - Bacteria
October 25, 2010 9:50pm CST
Microwave oven is a very helpful electrical appliances in kitchen. Most of the people use microwave to defrost, to warm and to cook foods. Some of us use microwave oven to boil water too. In according to what I had read in one articles about microwave oven, we are not supposed to use microwave oven to cook raw foods. The heat from the microwave oven is insufficient to kill the bacteria at the raw foods. Since the water can be boiled, the foods can be cooked, it is very hard to accept that the bacteria at the raw foods can not be killed by the microwave oven.
26 Oct 10
That is something scary, I have read some article about microwave oven mention that the heat is produced directly in the food, microwave ovens do not cook food from the "inside out." When thick foods are cooked, the outer layers are heated and cooked primarily by microwaves while the inside is cooked mainly by the conduction of heat from the hot outer layers. If the inside is not really cooked, then it probably will not kills the bacteria in the raw meat. But there are many other side effect aside from not able to kill the bacteria, but it will mutate some compound in your food when cook in microwave oven. You can check on this site for the detail information, all the information seem quite scary..
26 Oct 10
Thank you very much for providing me so much information that clear my doubts. By right, the end users should be reminded in the manual when they purchase the microwave ovens. I don't think we can find all of these healthy precaution notices when we buy a new microwave oven.
26 Oct 10
Well there is settings on microwaves for defrosting food nowadays, so they must be good enough to defrost food otherwise there wouldn't be a setting for it. I generally use the microwave to defrost food and cook some food, but never really use it to boil water as i use a kettle for that.