An influencer and nutritionist has been slammed for a simple act that most of us often do without thinking.
Ben Coomber, nutrition coach, speaker and podcast host from the UK, has shared footage showing him preparing a healthy breakfast for his young child, hoping to inspire others to do the same .
The video has garnered a lot of attention, being viewed over 10 million times alongside thousands of comments.
“A porridge recipe I’m making for my daughter,” Ben wrote in the post that accompanied the video.
“I’ve been giving her this since she was a year old and she loves it. Nutritious, good healthy fats, low in sugar and easy to change up the flavor using different fruits, nuts, seeds and natural flavors – the pea milk gives her also good protein, which many children’s breakfasts lack.
While most of her followers loved her recipe, some claimed there was a flaw.
In the video, he’s seen preparing the delicious breakfast, but it’s what happened just before he served it that raised some eyebrows – he microwaved it.
A cooking sin, some say.
One commenter wrote: “Good, but I have a question. I really don’t understand why you put it in the microwave? It takes all the nutritional value out of the food!”
To which Ben replied, “How does it all come out? If it’s true (which it isn’t given the research) why isn’t my child, and many others, suffering not severely malnourished and does he not suffer from such problems?”
Another raised the same point: “Nutritionist using a microwave. Poor child.”
A third said: “You mix ‘healthy ingredients’ and put it in the microwave…”
And there was more: “Good breakfast but then go ruin it by putting it in the microwave!”
When Ben asked the commenter why he spoiled it, she replied: “Microwave your food is very unhealthy, it totally kills all the goodness of the food.”
There were many more reviews, including: “Maybe the nutrients don’t radiate (sic), but yum, I’m giving my daughter the same.”
And: “A nutritionist who microwaves things. It’s a first.
“Poor kid” wrote another.
So, is it true, do microwaved foods destroy their nutrients?
It’s a myth, according to Anthony L. Komaroff, MD and editor of the Harvard Health Letter.
“Microwave cooking is actually one of the least likely forms of cooking to damage nutrients,” Dr. Lomaroff said.
“That’s because the longer the food cooks, the more nutrients tend to break down and microwave cooking takes less time.
“Thus, cooking a roast in the oven is more likely to cause nutrient loss than cooking the roast in the microwave. And boiling vegetables is more likely to starve them of nutrients than baking or microwaving them.
“That’s because some nutrients leak out of the food into the water. Thus, microwave cooking is not only fast, it is also sometimes nutritionally beneficial.
Meanwhile, the majority of reports find that food cooked in the microwave is “at least as nutritious as comparable food cooked by conventional methods”.