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The great iScot Microwave Bake-off

Christmas is in sight and in many families, the chef will be planning the festive fare. At this busy time the humble microwave oven comes into its own, in the kitchens of more than 86% of Scottish households, according to Scottish Government figures for household energy use, published in 2006.

Until the 1990s, there was much debate on the dangers of non-ionising radiation produced by microwave ovens and other devices such as mobile phones. However, CancerResearch UK informs us that to date, research studies on links between microwaves and cancer are inconclusive, and by the end of the 1990s the debate fizzled out. This seems in part to be due to a gagging order being placed on the results of a study by Swiss scientist, Hans Hertel, who worked with a global food processing company.

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