Dear Dr. Mirkin: I read that microwaving broccoli destroyed all of
its antioxidants. Should I stop using my microwave oven?
No. The researchers in this study cooked the broccoli in
2/3 cup of water for 5 minutes at full power (Journal of Science in
Food and Agriculture, November 2003). Antioxidants were
destroyed by the long cooking in water at a high temperature, not
by microwaves. The study authors noted that it’s the length of
time vegetables are exposed to hot water that determines the
amount of water-soluble nutrients lost, whether the cooking is
done in a microwave oven, steamer, pot or pressure cooker.
Unfortunately, newspaper reporters misinterpreted the study and
scared many people away from their microwave ovens.
If you follow the standard instructions for microwaving
vegetables, using just a tablespoon or two of water for a short
time, the effect is similar to steaming and antioxidant loss will be
Subject: Top Ten Reasons to Throw Away your Microwave
Wednesday, 10 August 2005
From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific
studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our
Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the
1). Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes
long term -
permanent - brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in
[de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].
2). The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-
created in microwaved food.
3). Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by
continually eating microwaved foods.
4). The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long
permanent] within the human body.
5). Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is
altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the
absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.
6). The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free
cooked in microwave ovens.
7). Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths
This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in
8). The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells
in human blood.
9). Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system
through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
10). Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration,
instability, and a decrease of intelligence
Phenolic compound contents in edible parts of broccoli inflorescences after domestic cooking
F Vallejo, FA Tomás-Barberán, C García-Viguera *
Laboratorio de Fitoquimica, Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de los Alimentos, CEBAS-CSIC, PO Box 4195, E-30080 Murcia, Spain