What are the disadvantages of a microwave oven?


A microwave oven is a very popular kitchen device that heats and cooks food by the use of microwave radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum in a very quick time and maintain the nutrients in food. But there are some disadvantages of using microwave oven which is discussed below.

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High temperatures – The process of boiling can begin explosively when the liquid is disturbed, such as when the consumer takes hold of the container to remove it from the oven or while adding solid ingredients such as powdered creamer or sugar which resulting in impulsive boiling which may be violent enough to eject the boiling liquid from the container and cause severe scalding

The closed containers in the microwave oven including eggs can explode when heated in a microwave oven due to the increased pressure from steam by using the process of superheating.

The food products are heated for too long which can catch fire and also the fast cooking and unattended nature of the use of microwave ovens consequences in further danger.

Browning – When cooking, the air in the microwave oven remains at room temperature is different than the process of traditional cooking.  When cooking in a conventional oven that causes food surfaces to brown and crisp whereas microwave cooking does not brown food surfaces. It is the main disadvantage for both texture and presentation, depending on the food.

Possible Dangers – As per research, microwave cooking can be harmful to health in various ways, including creating cancer-causing agents, releasing radioactivity into the surroundings and causing a degeneration of the immune system.

To avoid the hazard for health, when the release of chemicals during microwave cooking, use glass or glass-ceramics and avoid any packaging that can melt during cooking.

The disadvantage of using microwave oven is the resonance of the magnetron tube. If the microwave is operating without an object to absorb the radiation this affects a standing wave will form. The energy is reflected back and forth between the tube and the cooking chamber and causes the tube to overload and burn out.

 In the above discussion, we can say that If the person using the microwave oven for cooking then taking the precautions to avoid risk of burn and danger for health

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