Effects Of Eating Microwaved Meals

According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), FDA-approved microwaves are not allowed to leak a certain amount of microwave radiation

1. You won't be harmed by radiation

within two inches of the microwave (only 5 milliwatts). And as you move away from radiation, you're less likely to be harmed. So unless you're pressing your face against the microwave.

when raw produce is cooked it can release some of the vitamins and minerals that would be in its natural state. However,according to Harvard Health,

2. You'll get even more vitamins and minerals

because microwaves take the smallest amount of time (and use of water) in order to cook food, that means the food will still keep in more vitamins and minerals.

If you're eating unhealthy microwave meals that don't have a ton of nutritional value to begin with, then your meal won't provide you with those extra vitamin

3. But only depending on what you eat

and minerals. Typically those microwaved meals you see in the frozen food section of loaded with hidden added sugars, high amounts of sodium, and a plethora of chemicals and preservatives.

This would all be dependent on what container you're heating up your food in. According to the BBC, when heating up plastic containers or wrapping,

4. You may ingest chemicals

 studies have found that this can increase one's risk of ingesting phthalates—plastic additives that can break down and leach into your food.

Most microwave meals are loaded with sodium, which can serve as a preservative and to make the meal "taste better." However,

5. You may be consuming way too much salt

with so many healthier frozen meals to turn to, you don't have to rely on these sodium-filled microwavable meals that instantly have you surpassing your allotted sodium count for the day.

6. You could gain weight

Focus on healthier alternatives that are full of good-for-you ingredients that will pump up the nutrition with minimal effort.

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