Some people are still suspicious of microwaves, believing the cooking method makes food radioactive. Not so, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The group explains, “Microwave ovens can cook food, but they do not otherwise change the chemical or molecular structure of it.” Not so fast, say the suspicious-minded person. Doesn’t a microwave emit radiation? It does not: “Microwave ovens are designed so that the microwaves are contained within the oven itself,” the ACS states. When used according to instructions, there is no evidence they pose a health risk to people.
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While some early research found a link between artificial sweeteners and bladder cancer in laboratory animals, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that further research failed to confirm the findings. However, everyone could benefit from cutting back on the sweet stuff. Artificial sweeteners can be harmful to your health by messing with your metabolism and raising your risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The wax on apples
You’ll often find that apples are coated with wax to extend shelf life and to make the fruit look enticing. Although some will claim the wax is carcinogenic, it most certainly is not, according to Dr Patricia Rich, Medical Oncology Director at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA). While there are some credible concerns about carcinogenic pesticides that might be trapped under the wax, you can take care of that problem by rinsing fruit with water and scrubbing them with a soft brush, she says. “Wax on apples doesn’t cause cancer, but high amounts of pesticides can.”