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I have a friend that swears that microwaving food destroys its she nutritional value.  Is this actually true, or is this an urban legend?

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Fancy,
I read the same but cannot tell you why it would be that way.
I use the micro wave for heating water or defrosting only and I always use a glass/ceramic dish, no plastic whatsoever.....



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Where did you read this?  I looked on Snopes, and Mayo Clinic, and they denied it.  I'd like a reputable source--everything that's printed isn't truth.

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Fancy, never heard that one.  Have heard about not using plastic. 

It seems food would loose its nutritional value if you microwave it to long just as it does if you overcook veggies or cook at a rollling boil the entire time.
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Here's my take on microwaving.  I USED to cook broccoli and cauliflower in the microwave.  I didn't have to use water.  If I did, I only used a tiny bit.  Now, if my dh get in the kitchen and cooks those veggies the way he wants them, on the stove, he drowns them in water.  There goes the nutrition.  I do cook a few other veggies in the microwave.  But broccoli (cruciferous) veggies are supposed to be out for us who are on AIs.    No cooking in plastic anymore. 
 
I think some people do not use microwaves because they think they may be carcinogenic. 
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Shirley, cruciferous veggies are only out for people who take femara.  I think that they don't fight with arimidex.  And that's what I was asking--does anybody have any authoritative word on whether microwaving destroys food?

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Hmmm...Fancy.  I thought Constantine just recently updated it to all AIs.  I'll have to go back and look.
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I found an article on Dr. Weil's site:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400107/microwaving-nutrients

sounds like some nutrients are lost.....good news for bacon though

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Thank you, Calico.  I will take Dr. Weil's opinion any time.  Just as I thought--it's not the microwave that is the problem.


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I have a problem microwave...
It runs when you open the door.
I got it before my bilat to make life "easier" ha ha!
Now it just scares the crap out of me!


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Gina,
I'd ditch it
Doesn't sound good!!

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Actually,
I don't even stand in front of mine when it runs... (paranoid, I know!!)

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I agree, Fancy.  It's not the microwave.  It's the water.  I have found one doesn't need any water to cook frozen veggies.  Also, some of us tend to overcook veggies.  Once in a while I'll add about 1 tablespoon of water.  Why?  I don't know.
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There's something about the taste and odor of "nuke" food, rather distinct, provoking a repulsive reaction in my subconcious "gag" reflex. 
 
I can almost always tell, nuke or not nuked.  And that's the "nuke-ed truth".   Everyone tells me I'm "nuke-nuts"...but I don't trust them.  I've always had misgivings about burned or barbecued foods, as well.  Turned out my thoughts on the burned barbecued foods was correct, full of carcinogenic harmful chemicals...why does it have to taste so good?
 
Oh well, nuke to me!  It's amazing how many children don't know the first thing about cooking.  But all know how to ding the micro-wave.  Scarey.
 
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My microwave is over 25 years old and I LOVE it...for what I use it to do




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I try to listen to Dr. Rosenfeld on Fox News on Sunday mornings.  Someone emailed and asked if Microwaving depletes nurtients from our foods.  He said it was an excellent way to cook veggies.  That it did not deplete the nutrients.  As we've said here, it cooking them in water.
 
Of course, each of us has to be comfortable in how we cook our foods. 
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Thanks, Shirley.  Thought so!

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