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How do you feel about microwaves, additives, and preservatives?

I use a microwave now and then, but I’ve dramatically cut down my use.  I microwave popcorn sometimes, but I now pop it more frequently in a pan (oh my!)

And I read labels before selecting from several options.  If the item contains a lot of chemicals and additives (emulsifiers, thickeners, preservatives, cheap oils, corn syrup, artificial coloring, etc.) I select a different item (usually).

I also frequently purchase organic dairy products, eggs, some meats, and some fruits and vegetables.  I’d love to buy all organic, but the cost and selection isn’t quite there for me yet.

I’ve also stopped using plastic water bottles, aluminum pans and most coated pans. 

I don’t feel virtuous about making these choices.  It’s just a personal choice for me.  And I know that studies can prove different things.  I’m just being conservative. 

Your Turn–How about you?  How do you feel about these issues?  Are you concerned?  Not at all worried?  Have you got solutions?  Please share at the comment link below.

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  1. Kit says:

    I’m with you on choosing foods that have less preservatives and bizarre chemicals. I frequently shop at our local health food store because they have read the labels for me and dont stock a lot of that. But at the other stores, I try to avoid the foods that have those scary ingredients.

    Also, on the popcorn topic, get an air popper! There are all sorts of things you can put on it but I like sprinkling some soy sauce and some tabasco.

  2. Hi Kit – we shop at the same great store! Lucky us. You mean you eat popcorn without oil? Shocking! New paradigm :) Cheryl

  3. Heather says:

    About two and half years ago, our microwave stopped working-and we just decided not to get a new one! Since then, we reheat on the stovetop or in a covered dish in the oven! Cheryl-I cook my popcorn in a pan too and it tastes so much better!!

  4. Maggie says:

    I agree with all of the above, minus the popcorn, not a thing that gets eaten much in Oz. If I use the microwave at all, it will be using a glass dish and a plate on top instead of clingwrap. Never any plastics. I use it very rarely, mainly when I get caught up in my work and forget to prepare food! Stop work when I’m starving, then quickly microwave something I froze before. I usually cook in batches, once is enough for 8 meals, then freeze the rest. At least I’ve been able to cut down on take away food:))

  5. Hi Heather – You know, I heat things up on the stove too and it’s surprisingly fast and easy! And yes, the popcorn is good!

    Maggie – we use the microwave in very similar ways – only when crunched for time. Hey where’s Oz? Cheryl

  6. Erica says:

    I haven’t been able to cut down on my microwave usage but I’ve dramatically cut down on my fastfood/take-out usage. Those things contain more preservatives than the food I personally cook and reheat at home so I decided to tackle on that first. :)

  7. Certainly Erica – tackle one thing at a time….and cooking at home is a great way to go! Cheryl


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