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11/05/2006 11:18:32 PM · #1
microwave to heat drinks, food, and some mothers to heat a baby's milk... I received this in the mail this morning, and while I don't know how true it is, I think it's worth sharing just for the sake of pondering:

someone made a simple experiment, and the result after 9 days:
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11/05/2006 11:22:55 PM · #2
I might take it as valuable evidence if there were samples of 100 plants or so.

Even 10 or 20 for a personal experiment.

Message edited by author 2006-11-05 23:23:21.
11/05/2006 11:28:01 PM · #3
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

I might take it as valuable evidence if there were samples of 100 plants or so.

Even 10 or 20 for a personal experiment.


LOL I know what you mean. But I'm too lazy to prove this for myself :p
Maybe someone out there have enough free-time to do it. But for pondering, will microwaving water break the structure of the water elements?
11/05/2006 11:28:20 PM · #4
The only definitive thing I have ever heard about microwaving is that you should never use a plastic container. Microwaves cause the chemicals to leech into your food. Always reheat with ceramic.
11/05/2006 11:30:36 PM · #5
after 30 years of Microwaving in plastic...NOW you tell us!
11/05/2006 11:31:30 PM · #6
Originally posted by karmabreeze:

The only definitive thing I have ever heard about microwaving is that you should never use a plastic container. Microwaves cause the chemicals to leech into your food. Always reheat with ceramic.

OMG I do that very frequently with the instant food I bought from the supermarket...
11/05/2006 11:31:32 PM · #7
But is the microwaved water purified first, or just random water they took out of the toilet or something?
11/05/2006 11:31:49 PM · #8
Originally posted by Bosborne:

after 30 years of Microwaving in plastic...NOW you tell us!

LMAO!!! exactly how I felt when I read that! :p
11/05/2006 11:32:25 PM · #9
Originally posted by karmabreeze:

The only definitive thing I have ever heard about microwaving is that you should never use a plastic container. Microwaves cause the chemicals to leech into your food. Always reheat with ceramic.


What about metal? That's always been pretty definitive in my house :)

Message edited by author 2006-11-05 23:32:35.
11/05/2006 11:32:37 PM · #10
Heh... yeah... well, as I understand it, the results of those studies are only just starting to come out. A girl I grew up with is a researcher on that particular project, and it's not looking too good for nuking in plastic.
11/05/2006 11:33:16 PM · #11
new mothers are told not to microwave formula. i think i remember it was because of uneven heating but maybe not.
11/05/2006 11:33:17 PM · #12
Even if 100 plants would shrivel up from microwaved water, there is still a difference between plants and babies/humans.

Perhaps the plants actually miss a bunch of little bugs that the microwaving killed, but the human bodies are quite happy to not have to deal with them all.

Also: the water was probably all they got during that time. We, however, get our nourishment from lots of sources, so we wouldn't miss a few juicy bacteria from that water in the same way.
11/05/2006 11:33:58 PM · #13
Originally posted by heathen:

Originally posted by karmabreeze:

The only definitive thing I have ever heard about microwaving is that you should never use a plastic container. Microwaves cause the chemicals to leech into your food. Always reheat with ceramic.


What about metal? That's always been pretty definitive in my house :)


Metal sort of reflects the microwave, won't it?
That's the one thing I dont put in a microwave for fear of explosion, lol
11/05/2006 11:34:07 PM · #14
Originally posted by MadMan2k:

But is the microwaved water purified first, or just random water they took out of the toilet or something?


Also a good question. I don't see enough evidence of a control structure to make this expirement very convincing.
11/05/2006 11:34:43 PM · #15
Originally posted by heathen:

Originally posted by karmabreeze:

The only definitive thing I have ever heard about microwaving is that you should never use a plastic container. Microwaves cause the chemicals to leech into your food. Always reheat with ceramic.


What about metal? That's always been pretty definitive in my house :)


I have a student who found that out the hard way. I remember when MW were the "new thang" so we were "taught" and very cautious. He had never been told . . .
11/05/2006 11:35:33 PM · #16
Well did they let the water cool down before pouring it in?
11/05/2006 11:35:36 PM · #17
Originally posted by Beetle:

Even if 100 plants would shrivel up from microwaved water, there is still a difference between plants and babies/humans.

Perhaps the plants actually miss a bunch of little bugs that the microwaving killed, but the human bodies are quite happy to not have to deal with them all.

Also: the water was probably all they got during that time. We, however, get our nourishment from lots of sources, so we wouldn't miss a few juicy bacteria from that water in the same way.


not to mention was the water measured before or after being microwaved? there could be significant loss of water once all days are added up.
11/05/2006 11:36:15 PM · #18
Originally posted by Beetle:

Also: the water was probably all they got during that time. We, however, get our nourishment from lots of sources, so we wouldn't miss a few juicy bacteria from that water in the same way.

quite true, but I was more worried if microwaved water actually has atomic structure break-downs or something... hmm
11/05/2006 11:36:23 PM · #19
Originally posted by Elvis_L:

new mothers are told not to microwave formula. i think i remember it was because of uneven heating but maybe not.


yea. it causes "hot spots" but if you shake it good after you get it out, it all distributes and it's good. not best practice, I understand, but if it's 3am and someone is hungry -- it works.
11/05/2006 11:37:17 PM · #20
Originally posted by karmat:

Originally posted by Elvis_L:

new mothers are told not to microwave formula. i think i remember it was because of uneven heating but maybe not.


yea. it causes "hot spots" but if you shake it good after you get it out, it all distributes and it's good. not best practice, I understand, but if it's 3am and someone is hungry -- it works.


yea we did it with both of ours but they are kinda crazy now:)
11/05/2006 11:37:30 PM · #21
Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by heathen:

Originally posted by karmabreeze:

The only definitive thing I have ever heard about microwaving is that you should never use a plastic container. Microwaves cause the chemicals to leech into your food. Always reheat with ceramic.


What about metal? That's always been pretty definitive in my house :)


Metal sort of reflects the microwave, won't it?
That's the one thing I dont put in a microwave for fear of explosion, lol


I have a story about that...

When I first graduated from college and moved out on my own, my Mom gave me a set of dishes she never used. They were good ceramic or porcelain dishes, not sure which, but they had gold rims. The first time I unthinkingly stuck one of those in the microwave, it was like sparklers on the 4th of July. Never happened again.
11/05/2006 11:38:56 PM · #22
Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by Beetle:

Also: the water was probably all they got during that time. We, however, get our nourishment from lots of sources, so we wouldn't miss a few juicy bacteria from that water in the same way.

quite true, but I was more worried if microwaved water actually has atomic structure break-downs or something... hmm


Well, that would turn it into something other than water, right? And it still comes out of the microwave was water, so I'd say it's not affecting the atomic structure at all.
11/05/2006 11:48:35 PM · #23
Maybe I'm being way too literal here, but... was the water really hot straight out of the microwave when they poured it on the plant? That might explain it!
11/05/2006 11:51:30 PM · #24
wow.. another vote for purified water! amazing.. I am going to forward this to my department head (City of Austin - Watershed Protection Development Review, Grow Green)..
11/06/2006 12:11:38 AM · #25
Originally posted by Nefir:

Maybe I'm being way too literal here, but... was the water really hot straight out of the microwave when they poured it on the plant? That might explain it!


LOL, I think this is exactly it with someone with an axe to grind.

Water is water is water. Nuking it isn't going to change it except for the temperature...
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