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Question 1169

What about the effects of microwaves on the cellular structure of the item in the oven? I've heard that cells are ruptured violently by microwave radiation and that the ingestion of such materials affects the immune system. - AB
Just about any cooking damages the cells of the food being cooked, so microwave cooking is nothing unusual. Since our digestive systems destroy cells in the food we eat, cellular damage in cooking is inconsequential. As for the rumors about the unhealthiness of food cooked in a microwave oven, these are simply myths promulgated by people who don't understand what microwaves are and fear them irrationally. The world was awash in microwaves from natural sources long before the developments of electricity and microwave ovens.

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