Microwave and milk (correction)

Giovanni Maga maga at vetbio.unizh.ch
Mon Jan 9 11:12:20 EST 1995


In article <maga-090195105804 at 130.60.120.11>, maga at vetbio.unizh.ch
(Giovanni Maga) wrote:

> Stephane Corteel (scorteel at resulb.ulb.ac.be) wrote:
> : As a young father (my baby now is 7 weeks old) I read a lot...
> : I've read (and some people also told me) that warwing up a feeding
> : bottle using a microwave oven is not recommended because the microwaves
> : cause molecular changes in some proteins of the milk.
> 
> I find this difficult to believe; it is not clear to me how the
> method of heating would have any effect at all.  Heating is heating,
> as far as proteins are concerned.
> 
> If I am wrong about any of this, someone correct me.
> 
>   
> 
> Dear Stephane, I am not very smart in physics, but as far as I remember, the way
> you gain heating by microwaves is far different from the conventional
> heating, (it is a sort of "molecular friction"). This is probably the
> reason way when you cook (for example) bread or something similar you will
> never get it cooked as in a conventional oven. If this mechanism can induce
> "unconventional modifications" in proteins I don't know, but I don't think
> so, otherwise also adults would come in troubles eating modified proteins.
> (I think very unlikely that MWs can cause chemical modifications or
> closslinks at the aa level, they don't have the right energy, i.e.
> wavelenght).
> G. Maga, PhD Biochemistry UNI-Irchel Zrich.

(Sorry, Jim. I understood you posted the question but I was wrong. he was
Stephane.)



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