How Microwave Cooking Affects Blood & the Immune System

Microwave cooking is a great way to completely ruin home made dog food and promote cancer in dogs. For dog health and yours as well, please be aware of these microwave dangers.

I knew microwaves kill nutrients and enzymes in food and haven't owned one in quite a while. It also never occurred to me to write about it because who the heck would use one for their dog's food?

Surprise, surprise. I ran across a post at a forum I was visiting where one of the members gave complete instructions on microwave cooking home made dog food.

I was so upset over the ensuing conversation that I clicked away. I woke up the next morning wishing I'd said something.

Here was a group of people who wanted the best for their dogs and felt they were doing the right thing. In fact, they were sure of it. Whenever someone has a hard core belief, they're not open to believe differently. Are you like that?

I hope not. Here are high points from just three studies done long ago which still stand:

  • In 1992 Blanc (a member of the Swiss Federal Institute of Biochemistry) and Hertel published their two month long study on microwaved foods. They found hemoglobin levels and white blood cells decrease after eating microwaved foods. Microwaving causes the food molecules to create new life forms called radiolytic compounds which cause deterioration in the blood and immune system. It also decreases the ratio of HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Long term Russian research showed it created cancer causing agents in food. Ingestion of microwaved foods caused a higher percentage of cancerous cells in blood; caused degeneration of the immune system's capacity to protect itself against cancerous growth and caused disorders in the digestive system.Microwave ovens were banned in Russia in 1967, but the ban was later lifted.
  • In the United States, Claire Nelson, a high school student set out to test what the FDA had not. Her laboratory analysis found that DEHA from plastic wraps was migrating into the oil she used as a base food, at between 200 parts and 500 parts per million. The FDA standard is 0.05 parts per billion.Her summarized results, "Carcinogens --At 10,000 Times FDA Limits" has been published in science journals. Claire received the American Chemical Society's top science prize for students during her junior year and fourth place at the International Science and Engineering Fair (Fort Worth,Texas) as a senior.


Microwave Cooking & Reheating
at My House

I used to own a microwave so every else could use it for popping corn or reheating food. My family thought I was crazy because whenever they used it, my head hurt unless I was in another room.

Crazy or not, I swear I'd feel my brain pulsating. Maybe because I'm shorter than everyone else I get a direct hit. Who knows. At least they were gracious enough to tell me when they were going to use it so I could leave the vicinity.

 I ended up "accidentally" leaving it behind when we moved and I was glad I did.


Alternatives to Reheating & Thawing

Set your container of cold food in a sink filled with hot water. That's my five big dog method. Of course you can use a pan of hot water if you have a small amount.

If you're in a hurry, instead of microwave cooking, heat it up in a saucepan on the stove. You may have to add a little water but if you turn it on high and stir the entire time it will heat up very quickly.

For humans who are late for dinner, put a saucepan lid over the food while it is on a plate. Put the plate of food on a simmering saucepan of water. It will stay warm without drying up.

And remember that our dogs don't care what temperature their food is as long as they get to eat.

My best advice of all is to feed your dog raw so he gets all the nutrition from that food and it's much less work for you. For ideas, check out my raw dog food recipes page.



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