Does microwaving water do something to the molecules?
Other than the obvious, does microwaving over heating water up in a kettle do something particular to the molecules that makes it dangerous to drink? I heat up water all the time in a cup in the microwave, but someone said not long ago that it is not recommended to microwave because it mutates something in the water?
I thought this had to be crazy, and even if it were true is it better to drink water heated in a different way? Wondered if others have heard of this and their thoughts. Thanks.
Yes, I have heard this common urban legend, and you are correct in assuming that it is crazy. Heating water in a microwave oven does not alter the water's molecular structure in any way. The only difference between microwave heating and heating over a conventional heating source is that microwaving is much faster in nearly all cases.
Microwaving anything causes the bonds of the molecules to be destroyed. So that the contents become indigestible mush. Boiling water is safer. And a toaster oven is what I use.
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