How safe is infrared cooking?

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How safe is infrared cooking?
Microwaves are a common household appliance. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Chris Phan)

Infrared cooking refers to cooking food with invisible light energy. When light waves hit the food, the molecules shake violently and begin to heat up.

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Types

Microwaves and infrared barbecue both utilised infrared cooking technology. Infrared barbecue grills operate at a higher temperature, up to 482 degrees C., which is 65.6 degrees C. higher than standard gas grills.

How safe is infrared cooking?
Infrared cooking helps create sear marks. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Michael Johnson)

Safety

According to Prevention, microwaves that use infrared technology do not pose cancer risks because they do not have enough power to damage your DNA. Infrared grills instantly vaporise grease drippings, which results in fewer flare-ups while cooking.

Benefits

Infrared cooking heats food quickly, and saves up to 85 per cent of energy used by standard ovens.

Nutrition

According to the World Health Organization, food cooked in microwave ovens has the same nutritional value as food cooked in a traditional oven.

Misconceptions

Food cooked in the microwave does not become "radio active," nor are any radioactive fields present inside the microwave when it is not in use.

Reduce Risks

Prevent infrared rays from escaping the device by ensuring that the seal is secure, and that the device is in proper working order. Keep microwave doors and latches free from debris so that they close properly.

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