It’s the New Year, and you may be taking advantage of the time to declutter after the holidays!  Junk mail, advertisements from 2012, and books you don’t care to read must all go!

The kitchen is a place where clutter can add up unless we are vigilant about it on a weekly–if not daily–process.  Jars that you saved and meant to use but did not, boxes you had good intentions to repurpose, the bread machine you purchased ten years ago and haven’t used once may all need to find a new home.  One appliance that you may not think of as clutter is the microwave, but in today’s article I will share with you five reasons why it should leave your house as soon as possible!

The microwave was invented in 1945 and was very expensive at that time.  Today, most homes have a microwave, a tool that greatly speeds up cooking, but at what expense?

Eating at home is an excellent way to eat healthier, but not if you are cooking your food with a microwave oven.

Here are five reasons for you to declutter your microwave as soon as possible:

1.  Declutter your microwave to save money. 

Oftentimes microwaves are used to heat up ready-to-eat meals in five minutes or so.  These meals have hardly any real foods in them (the foods have been ultra processed), and their nutritional value is zero or less.  You are using your hard-earned money to eat something that is not filling (because there is hardly any nutrition), and doesn’t taste good.  I ate my share of microwave meals in my college days and didn’t enjoy one of them.

2.  Declutter your microwave to make your food taste better.

You may not eat microwave meals but just use your microwave to heat up leftovers.  Did you know that the microwave changes the way your food tastes?  If you absolutely need to use a microwave occasionally, be sure to cover up your food with a damp paper towel to help with the taste.

3.  According to a nutritionist, microwaves a form of electromagnetic radiation.  

That’s right!  You are cooking your food using radiation!  “Microwave food changes our body chemistry precipitating a change in the pH level from alkaline to acidic. And an acidic body can neither lose weight nor absorb all the nutrients from food. One of the reasons for weight gain. Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence,” the nutritionist explained.  (source)

4.  The microwave depletes any nutrition in your food.  (source)

Your body needs nutrition to function properly, and your food is a good source of nutrition, along with any supplements you take.  However, if your food is microwaved, you are not getting any nutrition from it.  Go here to read more about signs of lack of nutrition in your body.

5.  Microwaves can cause a number of health issues.  

According to an article by the Daily Mail, using a microwave just once alters your blood pressure.  Other health issues caused by microwaves include cataracts, cancer, and heart problems.  The microwave changes nutrient-giving food into food that is unhealthy and hazardous for you to eat.

Now that you know that you know not to use a microwave, what are the alternatives? Here are just a few:

  1.  Use your slow cooker. 
    Soups, casseroles, roasts, and all sorts of foods can be made in slow cookers.  If you know you will have just a few minutes to get dinner on the table, plan ahead and have at least part of your meal ready ahead of time.  The food can cook slowly all day, and your house will smell amazing when you get home!
  2. Use your pressure cooker.  
    While I have not personally used a pressure cooker to prepare meals, they are very handy to cook food quickly and yet safely.  You can cook meat, beans, and frozen meals (ones that you have prepared from scratch and frozen yourself) in a fraction of the time that it would take to cook those foods on the stove or in the oven.
  3. Use your toaster oven to warm up food.  
    A toaster oven is a mini oven that works rather quickly.  Use it to re-heat your food safely!

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