Microwave Oven Cooking
and Heating

Microwave oven cooking completely ruins healthy homemade dog food. Even reheating food this way is detrimental to your dogs health and yours too. Here's why.

I knew microwaves kill nutrients and enzymes in food but I recently learned it does far more than that, and heaven knows none of us want our dogs to get cancer.

Please tell me you don't 'nuke' your dog's food!

What Made Me Write About This

Bless the unknowing soul who posted on a forum I was visiting. He gave complete instructions on microwave oven cooking dog food meals.  I was appalled and clicked away from the conversation.

I woke up the next morning wishing I'd said something. Not that he would have believed me, but you never know.

I wondered if any of my readers use a microwave so I decided to write about it just in case.

Naturally I looked up some studies to back up my advice. My research shocked even me! Here are a few high points:

  • 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.

My Own Microwave Use Confession

I never do microwave oven cooking but I've had one for my husband and kids to reheat their food. They thought I was funny (or 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 are gracious enough to tell me when they are going to use it so I can leave the vicinity.

After saying all that, guess what? I ended up using the microwave to reheat my coffee for a while! I had this cheap coffeemaker that kept it lukewarm at best so I got into the habit of putting my mug in for a little microwave heating.

I figured coffee wasn't good for me anyway and since it had no nutrients or enzymes to kill, I was okay. Oops.

After I researched it, I used a saucepan to reheat my coffee until frugal me got a new coffeemaker. Then to my family's disappointment, I got rid of the microwave.

Reheating Food

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 oven 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.

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