Pros and Cons of Microwave Oven

You may not think it, but you could live without a microwave. Your food will taste better and you’ll have more space in your kitchen.

Why You Might Want to Use a Microwave Oven

Microwave ovens are definitely a convenience. They can heat foods quickly, boil water, reheat leftovers, defrost frozen foods and warm cold coffee. They are so popular that few homes are without them, and the units are often built-ins in new houses and remodeled kitchens.

Why You Might Not Want to Use a Microwave Oven

The sun, campfires and conventional stoves and ovens allow food to absorb heat gradually, thus cooking it. A microwave, on the other hand, creates heat by friction, by bursts of superfast radiation that excite the molecules of the food.

Basically, something seems not quite right about an appliance that heats food so much faster — orders of magnitude faster — than humankind has been cooking for eons. There is a school of thought that microwave cooking actually changes food molecules, tearing or mutilating them. Whatever the physics of the process, it’s a violent way to cook or heat food.

Using the microwave oven to heat food can be dangerous, as in the case of baby formula, where hot spots could scald an infant. But it may also result in food that tastes flat, such as microwaved coffee.

There are also dangers from heating foods in plastic containers or in plastic wrap, especially if the food is overheated.