What Foods You Should Avoid Heating in the Microwave

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has revealed that there is no legal requirement for manufacturers to test food safety when it comes to microwaving.

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That’s why the label ‘microwave safe’ is not completely reliable.

In order to prevent fires or harmful chemical reactions, it is advised not to use the microwave for the following foods.

1. Eggs

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Boiling eggs in the microwave should be avoided as the steam created inside the egg can cause an explosion if it cannot escape.

2. Meat

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It is best to thaw meat in the refrigerator overnight rather than using the microwave to thaw it. Microwaving meat to cook immediately may result in the outside being cooked while the inside remains frozen.

3. Breast milk

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Heating breast milk in the microwave is not recommended as it can heat unevenly and cause burns to the baby. Additionally, certain immune-enhancing proteins in breast milk can be destroyed. It is better to place the bottle in a cup of warm water to preserve the nutrients.

4. Plastic containers

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According to a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, heated plastic can generate estrogen-like chemicals such as BPA. Washing plastic containers, baby bottles, and zip bags in the dishwasher can also result in similar effects. It is recommended to transfer the food onto a plate before microwaving.

5. Water cups

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Boiling water in a ceramic or glass cup for too long in the microwave can cause it to explode and lead to burns. It is safer to boil water in a kettle or on the stove.

6. Running the microwave empty

If the microwave is turned on without any contents inside, the electromagnetic waves will not be absorbed, potentially causing the microwave to explode or catch fire. Always ensure that there is something inside before starting the microwave.

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