This is a shorter post, but it is something I have often thought about, and discussed in the past. I wanted to share it with you, and perhaps start a discussion around it.
I do have strong opinions about diet and nutrition, and often discuss this with my patients. Microwaves fall in my 'absolutely not' category. [So does most dairy, over-processed carbohydrates and trans fats].
Microwaves to me have always been...well...odd. Ok, more than odd. They are...peculiar, weird, unnatural, gimmicky and they make me uncomfortable. I do not trust microwaves, and have never really be able to understand or relate to them in the same way I can relate to turning on an oven, a bbq, or a grill.
I have never been able to see their purpose, and they are kind of useless. Not even for popcorn. I have always used pots, pans, and my oven. I have found that things never taste right when they have been nuked. They feel...mushy, rubbery, dehydrated, and falsely heated through. There is almost a chemical heat to the food that has been reheated in a microwave. And doesn't that term make you squirm? "Nuked" food?!
The basics behind a microwave is that, well, microwaves are emitted that make the molecules of your food heat up, and start bouncing around like crazy. They start bouncing around, start slamming into each other, and basically freak the [bleep] out. That is how the food 'warms' or 'cooks' in a microwave. It is the equivalent of giving you a mega-dose of caffeine, and sticking you on a treadmill at full speed. Except if you are an unfortunate nuked molecule of food, you are also slamming into other molecules on high-speed treadmills too.
I have never been comfortable with eating such over-excited food. The spazzing out that takes places in the microwave, unfortunately is still spazzing out when you eat it. Your digestive tract, your saliva, your stomach, your intestines, all have to deal with this chemically-induced molecular insanity. I mean, this cannot be organically good for you. Doesn't it seem weird to you, too?
I was delighted when my viewpoint was echoed by Alice Waters when she was recently on Real Time with Bill Maher. She is an advocate for eating 'slow food', which, is basically the opposite of fast food.
Her thinking is not restrictive in terms of what you eat, but how the food was made. So, as she says in the video below, you can have a 'slow food' hot dog, but much attention is paid to how the meat was raised and prepared, what kind of bread it is sitting on, and what is the quality and preparation of the condiments, etc.
This translates, to me, how food is prepared as well. Yes, it takes more time for something to heat up over a pot, or in the oven. But this heat is organic, and much more natural to me, and I am sure the food.
I know, I know, you are busy and don't have time to cook for 45 minutes each evening. Neither do I. And no one is expecting you to do that, either!
What I am suggesting, is to plan ahead for meals, rather than try to decide what to eat when you are starving. Plan [and hey, why not partially cook] your meals ahead of time [a bit of upfront work, but it becomes habit super quickly]. And then all you have to do, is take your slow cooker, or your prepped meal and warm it up over the oven. No scary microwaves required.
Most successful people will say that one of the keys to their success is planning ahead. Mitigating and manoeuvering around pitfalls and vices before they happen. I cannot remember the author of this quote, but think about it this way: If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.
What do you think? Do you use microwaves? If yes, what do you use them for? If no, why not?