Microwave oven is said to be the fastest selling kitchen appliance in India. The main reason for the popularity of microwave ovens is the speed at which it cooks food. You can cook food in microwave ovens in just few minutes. Microwave oven are small in size and unlike regular ovens it does not take much kitchen space. For small family and students microwave oven is the best appliances that saves their precious time and efforts. But does the food cooked in Microwave ovens are safe?

How Does Food is Cooked Using Microwaves

Before we talk about whether the food cooked in microwave ovens are safe for health, lets know how microwaves work. A microwaves are high frequency radio waves that are greater than 2.5 Ghz in frequency. They are form of non-ionizing radiation. This high frequency radio waves have its own properties, they don’t react with glass and plastic. But can be easily absorbed by water and foods. When food is cooked in microwave oven, it is being zapped by high-frequency radio waves of heat, and some people argue that this radiation can be harmful to your health.

Microwaves heat food by causing water molecules in it to resonate at very high frequencies and eventually turn to steam which heats your food. While this can rapidly heat your food, what most people fail to realize is that it also causes a change in your food’s chemical structure. There are many problems that can be caused by microwaves to people and their health. Food cooked in microwave ovens have low nutritional value and some foods are not even fit for eating. Instead of using microwave oven, one should seriously consider choosing a best toaster oven, that also don’t require much kitchen space and cook food quicker, but more importantly healthier.
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Summer camp should be fun! It is a time of growth, as your child learns new skills and develops independence. But leaving home can be hard, especially for new campers. That’s why finding the right summer program is important.

Choosing a camp should be a family affair: As you look for the right fit, be sure to ask your child what he or she wants from a camp experience. These tips will help you make a wise choice.

Your child’s needs
In choosing a camp, think about your child’s goals and your family’s expectations. Is there a particular skill he or she might want or need to develop? What kind of structure will your child benefit from the most?

A camp decision should be made based on your child’s personality. Be sure to take into account your child’s interests, strengths, physical maturity, mental readiness, and emotional well-being.

The camp should be age appropriate. It should offer activities that match some of your child’s interests and also give him or her the opportunity to explore new areas. Cost is another factor and your child should understand that.

If he or she will be going off to day camp or sleep away camp for the first time, consider joining other parents in choosing a camp. Having one or more friends at camp can ease the fears and homesickness that many children experience. However, this may limit your child’s opportunities to make new friends.

Summer fun – there’s nothing like it! Days at the beach, bicycle rides, camping, picnics … these are great ways to spend time with your children. But summer also brings hazards you’ll want to avoid. Here are four issues to consider in helping keep your child’s summer safe and fun.

Beating sunburn
The sun beats down when your child is playing, swimming or even just walking across a parking lot. Sunburn happens quickly, especially at high elevations and in the south. White sandy beaches and water reflect the sun’s rays and burn areas you may think are safe.

Repeated exposure increases your child’s chance of skin cancer later in life. The culprit: Ultraviolet rays that affect us whenever we’re in the sun, all year round. They are strongest in late spring and summer, from 10am to 4pm.

Encourage your child to wear a hat, lightweight long sleeve shirts and long skirts or pants. Tightly woven, dark clothing works better than loose weave, light clothing in keeping the sun’s rays at bay. A “cool” alternative is a Lycra wetsuit, a bathing suit that covers the back and arms.

Plenty of shade keeps kids cool and prevents sun damage, so use umbrellas or sun shades when you’re outside. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF15 be used on the body and lips. Apply liberally and often.

Summertime signals freedom for most kids, but too much of a good thing can create some rough patches once school starts. According to the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, teachers often spend four to six weeks at the start of each school year re-teaching material that students have forgotten.

Here are a few simple ways you can help your kids stay sharp while still keeping things fun.

Trade TV for reading
Reading expands skills, allowing children to begin the school year with a better grasp of language and the world around them. It also enables them to discover the joy of reading. And, the more children like to read, the more they will read. When summer comes, they don’t have to dive into textbooks; they can read whatever interests them – novels, newspapers, magazines or comic books. Just remember to balance sedentary time (reading) with active time (play).

Make the library or bookstore a favorite hangout by scheduling trips around events, such as book signings, story-time, writing groups, concerts and workshops.

Bring your child’s friends along, challenge everyone to a read-off, and offer prizes to those kids who read the most books before school starts. Brain-stimulating activities promote learning and help ward off the familiar “I’m bored” whines.