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Are microwaves safe? My little (but important) cress experiment

Are microwaves safe? The big cress experiment

I don’t know whether you’ve seen the photo that’s currently doing the social media rounds at the moment (no not THAT one!), the one where it shows you a child’s school experiment showing you how dangerous microwaves are. This child (somewhere – I have no more information than that) tried growing 2 different pots of seeds. One was watered with water which had been boiled and then cooled in a microwave, and one using water which had been boiled in a saucepan and then cooled.

The results were astonishing. The microwave-watered plant was puny and sick looking and the article claimed that this proved that microwaves somehow change the molecular structure of water so that plants can’t draw nutrients from it. Therefore microwaves are evil (or something similar).

Now, as easy as it is to take these things at face value and instantly throw your microwave away, I wanted to test out this theory. It seemed insane to me that microwaves would be so widely used if they really were this dangerous to our health. So I did the experiment myself.

I set up 2 identical trays of cress seeds (nice and fast/easy to grow – plus they get all their nutrients from water and kitchen roll so the soil wouldn’t play a part).

I boiled up a jug of water in the microwave, and one in a kettle let them cool and then diligently watered my different pots each day and these were the results:

Are microwaves safe? The big cress experiment

Are microwaves safe? The big cress experiment

Are microwaves safe? The big cress experiment

As I think you can see – there was absolutely NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER between the two pots. So that’s something else i found on Facebook which wasn’t true!

Having said that, I still have misgivings about microwave technology and how safe it will turn out to be in the long run. What do you think of it all?

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