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Micro wave dangers?
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mud    Posted 10-19-2004 at 06:20:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
got an email last night that warned of dioxin poisening if you use plastic containers in your micro wave oven. holy smokes!

deadcarp    Posted 10-19-2004 at 09:11:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
while we're into hazards, veggie oil is routinely used wrong too. people use it for frying instead of lubricating(like a baking ingredient). once it has gotten hot enough to smoke, it carries a carcinogen. lard or butter ain't like that. :)

Who smokes veggie oil?    Posted 10-19-2004 at 09:13:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
What is the temperature at which you smoke veggie oil?

I prefer the corn silk doobies myself (grin)

- Peanut

Rickstir    Posted 10-19-2004 at 09:05:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Almost nothing you get over the internet is true, except what I just said.

Peanut    Posted 10-19-2004 at 06:28:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this for a mythbusting blurb:

what about this?    Posted 10-19-2004 at 07:27:02       [Reply]  [No Email]

> > > Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in their newsletters . . .
> > > worth noting . . . this information is also being circulated at Walter
> > > Reed Army Medical Center.
> > >
> > > Dioxin Carcinogens causes cancer.
> > >
> > > Especially breast cancer. Don't freeze your plastic water bottles with
> > > water as this also releases dioxin in the plastic. Dr. Edward Fujimoto
> > > from Castle hospital was on a TV program explaining this health hazard.
> > > He is the manager of the Wellness Program at the hospital.
> > >
> > > He was talking about dioxin and how bad they are for us. He said that we
> > > should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic
> > > containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the
> > > combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxin into the food
> > > and ultimately into the cells of the body.
> > >
> > > Dioxin are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies.
> > > Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers
> > > for heating food. You get the same results without the dioxin.
> > >
> > > So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups ,etc., should be
> > > removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad
> > > but you don't know what is in the paper. Just safer to use tempered
> > > glass, Corning Ware, etc.
> > >
> > > He said we might remember when some of the fast food restaurants moved
> > > away from the foam containers to paper . . . the dioxin problem is one
> > > of the reasons.
> > >
> > > And, to add to this, Saran wrap placed over foods as they are nuked,
> > > with the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into the food, use
> > > paper towels.

Wallsal55    Posted 10-19-2004 at 11:14:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Time to run out and buy stock in Corning Ware
and Anchor Hocking. Serious!
I had heard something about plastics in the
Microwave, but didn't know much more. Hopefully,
they can get more specific w/time, no rumors, etc. mom and dad have been freezing water in water bottles for years for their road trips.
She did have a breast biopsy a few years ago.
Makes one wonder.

Dioxins ARE Bad    Posted 10-19-2004 at 07:37:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
No doubt about it. You will likely have cancer if you are exposed to unsafe levels dioxins. I would never be stupid enough to claims otherwise.

With that said though, unsafe levels of dioxin do not come from microwaved plastic containers (microwave safe) or saran wrap. You might be exposing yourself to unsafe levels if you nuke a non-microwave safe container. But it is likely you'll melt it anyway and you wouldn't eat the food anyway.

Here is a little snippet out of the link I posted:
{Somewhere along the way someone decided to add that all this information had appeared in newsletters from Johns Hopkins University and Walter Reed Army Medical center, but we've not found that to be true.}

We would have millions of cancerous people if microwaving food in plastic were a cause of unsafe levels of dioxin. This is not an issue I am going to lose sleep over. Besides, I hate TV dinners in the microwave.

- Peanut

thanks-    Posted 10-19-2004 at 08:16:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
i'm glad you answered this post. i feel better educated about the subject now. i agree with you about them t.v. dinners. i heated a burrito the other day. it exploded and stuck to the inside. stuff was like pl-400 glue, only hot.


I'll Bet ...    Posted 10-19-2004 at 08:27:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
... the middle was still frozen too. They never heat evenly. A frozen burrito is pretty much a pipe bomb waiting to explode.

Those microwaves are nice to heat up my coffee or get water hot but thats about it.

- Peanut, who still uses a stove :^)

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