I have never owned a microwave oven and i doubt if i ever would.
At about $100 (NGN16,000) for entry level models, the microwave oven is cheap and is fast becoming a regular feature in most kitchens of the Nigerian middle class and even a few low income households.
As popular as it is, it is still one of the technologies that has generated the most widespread controversies, probably second only to the mobile phone technology.
Wikipedia aptly describes the technology that the microwave oven uses in heating up food as “… a kitchen appliance that heats food by bombarding it with electromagnetic radiation in the microwave spectrum causing polarized molecules in the food to rotate and build up thermal energy in a process known as dielectric heating.”
Therein lies the danger. What the Microwave actually does, in simple English, is to distort the molecular structure of the foods and destroy much of the nutrients in it, causing problems with the body immune system over a period of time.
Consumers are dying today in part because they continue to eat dead foods that are killed in the microwave. They take a perfectly healthy piece of raw food, loaded with vitamins and natural medicines, then nuke it in the microwave and destroy most of its nutrition. Reason why the Russians banned the microwave in 1976. Ban was only lifted in 1992 when capitalism took roots in the country.
The invention of the microwave and its mass adoption by the population coincides with the onset of obesity in developed nations around the world. Not only did the microwave make it convenient to eat more obesity-promoting foods, it also destroyed much of the nutritional content of those foods, leaving consumers in an ongoing state of malnourished overfeeding.
In other words, people eat too many calories but not enough real nutrition. The result is, of course, what we see today: Epidemic rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, kidney failure, liver disorders and much more.
These diseases are all caused by a combination of malnutrition and exposure to toxic chemicals (plus other factors such as emotional trauma, lack of exercise, etc.). Microwaves make malnutrition virtually automatic, and being exposed to toxic chemicals is easy to accomplish by simply eating processed foods (which are universally manufactured with the addition of toxic chemicals that act as preservatives, colorings, flavor enhancers and so on).
All these are just allegations and will never be proven. But, of course, the choice is yours.