Does Microwaving Foods Destroy Nutrients?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Ask the Diva: Does microwaving foods destroy nutrients?

Q. I've heard that microwaving foods takes all the nutrients out of foods. Is there any truth to this?

A. Actually, microwaving foods can help preserve nutrient content! As I discussed in my episode on How Cooking Affects Nutrients, extended exposure to heat and/or liquid tends to rob foods of their nutrients. Because microwave cooking usually involves less liquid and shorter cooking times, it can actually minimize nutrient losses. For best results, cook foods only until done and don’t overheat them. 

See also this related post on my blog: Is Microwaving Safe?

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.