This very important kitchen appliance has been banned in Russia for a long time. Know why they did so?

This very important kitchen appliance has been banned in Russia for a long time. Know why they did so?


Mother Russia is one tough country as it has been invaded time and again and still has managed to be one of the super powers of the world. But it is also known for the toughness shown by its countrymen and women in living in some of the hardest conditions in the world and for having very strong opinions that might differ from the rest of the world. One such decision of the Russians was made in 1976, that has affected how they have cooked their food for so long.

1 The kitchen appliance which is banned in Russia

The Soviet Russia is known to do many bizarre things and the internet is the living proof of that. However it has been since the start of time and in 1976, they decided to ban the microwaves on the basis of Swiss food chemist Hans Hertel’s so called experiment that microwaves are unsafe for cooking your food and Russians took notice of that fact and banned the appliance from their country.

kitchen appliance which is banned in Russia

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2 How microwave works?

Microwave ovens are one of the best inventions of last century and they have sped up the way we heat our food or cook food in matter of minutes. Microwaves cook food using radiation- by channeling the heat energy directly to the molecules in the food and cooking it. They use a combination of electricity and magnetism in order to make electromagnetic waves zap through the food at high temperature and at speed of light. They use the electricity efficiently and electromagnetic waves are used at the frequency of 2.45 gigahertz. This makes the waves absorbable by sugar, fats and water, thereby cooking the food from inside, without damaging the food nutrients. However, the food chemist and his experiment created such hype that Russians banned the appliance in 1976.

How microwave works?

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3 Reason for banning microwaves

Food chemist Hans Hertel performed an experiment in which he and seven of his fellow vegetarians stayed in a hotel room for two months and ate foods prepared in microwave and other means of cooking food. After two months, Hertel said that he was ready with his findings and grimly announced that when he and fellow people ate food made in microwaves, the food “appeared to indicate the initial stage of a pathological process such as occurs at the start of a cancerous condition”, especially in the foods like microwave milk and vegetables. However there are some pointers to take notice of her:

Reason for banning microwaves

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Not even one participants of the study got actually sick.

Not even one recognized peer reviewed journal published the study and neither Hertel attempted to publish it in any journal.

Hertel never released or produced any data in public.

No one has replicated the study so far.

And such a small sample size is not capable of producing any significant information to provide a conducive result.

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Jatin Sharma