This is probably going to sound irrational but I am deathly scared of microwaves. I hate them. They freak me right out. Oddly enough, I still use them, for tasks like melting butter and reheating leftovers, but I make sure my head is well out of the vicinity. I don’t want to lose any brain cells from the radiation. See I read in my health psychology textbook this semester (thus spawning my present debacle) that there is currently no evidence to show that radiation from devices such as microwaves is carcinogenic. However, I cannot say that I believe it, not for a second. The text also said that living near a nuclear plant is nothing to be fearful of. Yet my skepticism persists.
I decided to do some research of my own and found some conflicting results. First of all, microwaves can be used to treat cancer, through radiation. Even knowing that radiation is a common method of treatment, I cannot say I ever thought about specifically what type of waves would be used in the process. Is it not contradictory that the same radiation that may cause the abnormal cells to form in the first place is also used to kill them off? I know that is simplifying everything quite drastically but it is interesting how different types and levels of exposure can lead to completely opposite consequences.
When it comes to the microwaves in our kitchens potentially causing cancer, well I am sorry to say, but the jury is still out on that one. The problem is, the only way to truly test such a hypothesis is to split people into 2 groups, isolate half in a room with no microwave and half in a room with microwaves (microwaves that are running, that is). All you have to do is leave them in there for a couple of years and see which group has a higher incidence of cancer. Totally ethical procedure, no doubt. Sure we can study rats and such in a similar manner, but it is still difficult to pinpoint a single cause and remove the effects of all other factors like genes and chemical abnormalities. Plus, microwaves really are not that old. The first one was sold in 1947, according to Wikipedia. In that time, there have been plenty of other potentially carcinogenic inventions accounting for a higher prevalence of different cancers in today’s world than ever before.
So will we ever know? Unfortunately I cannot answer that question for you. Personally, I am going to continue to steer clear of my microwave at all costs. It is quite easy to do when you can make simply no-bake food like this chocolate coconut chia pudding. Isn’t chia supposed to be like the newest, greatest superfood too? With any luck, it will have some cancer-fighting properties to combat the dreaded microwave.
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 4-6 tbsp. agave nectar
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- Whisk together the coconut milk, agave and cocoa powder until smooth. Taste and add more agave if you want it sweeter.
- Stir in the chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or preferably overnight, until the chia gels and the mixture reaches a thick, tapioca pudding-like consistency. Serve and enjoy!