Results for - Things You Should Really Never Microwave

1,305 voters participated in this survey

1. Did you know that popping the wrong foods, containers, or even mugs in the microwave could make you sick, expose you to harmful chemicals, or even can start a fire?

Yes
69%
894 votes
No
19%
252 votes
Undecided
6%
75 votes
Not Applicable
6%
84 votes
Here is a list of some things you should not microwave. Have you microwaved these items before?

2. Here is a list of some things you should not microwave. Have you microwaved these items before?

Hard boiled eggs
9%
121 votes
Meat
40%
518 votes
Breast milk
5%
59 votes
Chinese takeout containers
18%
236 votes
Plastic containers
42%
543 votes
Styrofoam containers
24%
313 votes
Certain plates
22%
284 votes
Travel mugs
10%
134 votes
Nothing
4%
47 votes
Cups of water
45%
591 votes
That mug you've had for years and years
18%
230 votes
Beware of 'Microwave Safe' labels
6%
82 votes
na
23%
296 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
8 votes
Here are the reasons why you should not microwave the above items. Which facts do you know?

3. Here are the reasons why you should not microwave the above items. Which facts do you know?

If you try to hard boil eggs in your microwave you're likely to either end up with a big mess or burned fingers.
24%
307 votes
If your microwave doesn't rotate food while cooking it, this too can lead to uneven distribution of heat, which can can allow bacteria to grow. Some meats can remain frozen also.
25%
323 votes
Can create scalding hot spots for sensitive little mouths, other research has found that this heating method may destroy some of breast milk's immune-boosting proteins, particularly on high power.
22%
288 votes
Metal (even small amounts of metal, like the handles on those white containers) and microwaves don't mix. Or, more accurately, when they mix, they can start fires.
37%
485 votes
Many plastics contain estrogen-like chemicals (BPA is a well-known one) that can leach into your food when the plastic is heated.
35%
461 votes
As a type of plastic, styrofoam can release harmful chemicals into your food when heated.
32%
416 votes
Do you have a lot of fancy China or metallic-trimmed bowls? Keep them far from the microwave. Even if the metallic trimming is miniscule, it may still react in the microwave.
26%
333 votes
Stainless steel mugs block the heat from warming your coffee or tea and can damage your microwave instead.
23%
304 votes
With no food or liquid to absorb the microwaves, the magnetron (which is what makes the microwave function) ends up absorbing the microwaves instead, which can damage your microwave and even start a fire, according to the USDA.
16%
210 votes
When plain water is heated in a microwave in a ceramic or glass container for too long, it can prevent bubbles from forming. The water becomes superheated; when you move the cup, the heat releases violently and erupts.
21%
268 votes
Certain mugs made before the 1960s, like old versions of Fiestaware, were glazed with materials that could give off radiation and may contain lead and other harmful heavy metals.
15%
194 votes
The only thing a 'microwave safe' label tells you is that you can microwave the container without damaging it or damaging the microwave. In fact, manufacturers aren't even required to test their ceramics to ensure safety after heating.
14%
185 votes
na
35%
456 votes

4. After reading this survey will you re-think what items you place in your microwave when heating or cooking?

Yes
51%
669 votes
No
23%
297 votes
Undecided
11%
142 votes
Not Applicable
15%
197 votes
01/18/2016 Food & Drink 1305 34 By: SmokeyandBandit

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