A Microwave That Counts Calories

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-08-13 17:31:39 -0500
Started 2014-08-07 11:03:45 -0500

This is really neat. It's still in development but the microwave actually can calculate the "energy" in the food it's heating. How cool is that? Or should I say how HOT? http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2014/08/06/833...

Now if they would do one that will count the carbs for us, that would be perfect!

42 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-08-12 08:42:55 -0500 Report

Wow!!!! Now that will be a great invention. For diabetics, those over weight, those who are health conscious, and those who (like me) have a hard time figuring it out on our own.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-08-11 19:05:09 -0500 Report

Gabby, what a great idea. I suspect we will see more and more products that connect health and technology. I wouldn't mind having that either. Better yet, tell me how many calories it's going to be before I press the Start button. I recently stopped into a Starbuck's for a hot chocolate and noticed the calorie count (required in NYC). I quickly switched to a black decaf. Not half as interesting but I felt temporarily self-righteous.

GabbyPA 2014-08-11 19:12:46 -0500 Report

LOL...yes. Seeing those calorie counts on food is very eye opening. And actually down right scary.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-08-09 09:39:21 -0500 Report

I would like one. Would they offer it in Hello Kitty pink?
Seems I have read that the shorter cooking time of the nuker preserves some of the vitamins. Less light exposure. Plus some foods have a better texture when nuked. My nuked custards were voted better over the steam bath ones in a blind taste test.

jayabee52 2014-08-11 23:54:26 -0500 Report

GB, Perhaps it would be like the Model T. One could have it in any color desired as long as it is black. (there's always paint cans in pink)

MaChteld 2014-08-08 00:18:42 -0500 Report

Yes Gabby have agree with you. It got really out of hand from microwave to animal products. When someone says they don't eat animal products but they make their own bbacon and chicken strips it gets confusing.

GabbyPA 2014-08-08 07:05:59 -0500 Report

I have made "nut meat" and it's very tasty. You can do a varity of things with it. I don't know if that's what she's talking about, but knowing that, makes it less confusing.

MamaSpook 2014-08-08 18:37:11 -0500 Report

I make bacon with extra firm organic Tofu, I make burgers with a variety of different beans and use Wheat Gluten to make a LOT of different mock meats including BBQ ribs and other dishes. I hope that helps clear up a few things and yes nut meat is good too!

GabbyPA 2014-08-07 18:17:57 -0500 Report

Hmmmm....this was kind of a Jetsons fun article. Really didn't expect it to get so weird. I don't like to use my microwave for much either, but maybe by the time they get it to work on my calories (or carbs) it will taste better too.

crazeknot 2014-08-07 16:34:43 -0500 Report

I think that's neat if U use it often . I don't have one anymore . Where I live my friend has one & her & bro don't use it much. In r household we use it 2 reheat or defrost .

haoleboy 2014-08-07 15:18:45 -0500 Report

wow … and I thought I was a "Negative Nellie" …
I think it is pretty cool technology also Gabby, thanks for posting.


MaChteld 2014-08-07 14:03:38 -0500 Report

After reading all the comments I have to commit I am now more confused than ever! Mama Spook and chuck made me smile though. Chuck I really think Mama didn't mean that she didn't eat meat at all. She just doesn't eat animal products like milk cheese etc. Anyway there is so many diet around one doesn't know who to believe anymore. There the Tim Noaks diet and then there Patrick Holford. Completely opposites.

jayabee52 2014-08-07 15:09:28 -0500 Report

Actualy. MaChteld, Spook is a RADICAL Vegan and eats no meat and is rather rude to those of us who do. I've gone round and round with her on other occasions. I don't agree with her views or the way she treats others but I do believe she has a right to her opinion or eating habits as long as she doesn't try to force, or shame us into adopting her eating habits.

MamaSpook 2014-08-07 18:28:16 -0500 Report

jaybee52 I was simply answering Chuck Fisher's questions about what do vegans eat and why, nothing more.

jayabee52 2014-08-08 15:25:02 -0500 Report

Spook, That is OK for you to do, but the other comments like: "I don't have to worry about the poisons, puss, blood, and chemicals in the "other" stuff." which are an attempt to put the worst possible spin on the way omnivores eat.

MamaSpook 2014-08-13 17:31:39 -0500 Report

personally I think it should be required for everybody to know the truth about what is in your food. Truth in advertizing is a joke and so is the list of ingredients. When was the last time you saw a dairy product that actually told the truth about what was really in it?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2014-08-09 09:31:13 -0500 Report

James, at least us omnivores usually refrain from referring to what alternate names organic fertilizer has…I mean that would be crappy of us.

MamaSpook 2014-08-08 18:33:20 -0500 Report

Actually I hold back from being graphic about animal products, what I mentioned was just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. How do you think so many people get diseases like Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and a lot more? The food they eat! No, it's not just my opinion, since I had to give up driving OTR in 2009 I have done a LOT of research and it is proven, not just an opinion. I figure if anybody is curious enough they will do a bit of research on their own rather than believe all my babbling here.

jayabee52 2014-08-13 16:00:02 -0500 Report

Couldn't tell it by me Spook.

Your "research" didn't have to do with "The China Study" did it? I know that has been used by Vegans to "prove" how unhealthty an omnivore meal plan is. Well TCS has a few gaping holes in it, cherrypicks data consistent with the preconceived ideas of the authors and has other flaws.

Do you REALLY believe that no one else does their own research? I certainly do and it does not agree with your conclusions.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-08-07 12:22:18 -0500 Report

FAIL. After looking at various webpages including GE's own promotional video, this product would have little value for diabetics. Calories are important, but for diabetics more important is the amount and type of carbohydrates ingested including their GI and GI.

MamaSpook 2014-08-07 11:54:38 -0500 Report

My microwave is our bread box because it is just too dangerous to use. Not only does it destroy the nutrition in food it also changes the taste and texture, not to mention the radiation is dangerous. I don't use it for the same reason I won't touch animal products or processed food, it is just plain dangerous to your health.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-08-07 12:10:08 -0500 Report

So if you won't touch animal products or processed food, just what do you eat? Do you grow all of your own food?

MamaSpook 2014-08-07 12:20:28 -0500 Report

in the summer I do grow a garden and I eat tons of different delicious food, none of which used anything from an animal. I make my own bacon, BBQ ribs, chicken tenders,strips or even patties, spaghetti with sauce and sometimes meatballs, all kinds of vegetables and fruits. I have much more variety now than I ever did when I ate the other stuff and I don't have to worry about cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease. destroying my bones with dairy and I don't have to worry about the poisons, puss, blood, and chemicals in the "other" stuff. I also do not use leather, wool, fur or any animal body parts. This may be of help in the event you are actually curious: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/vegan.htm

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-08-07 12:26:59 -0500 Report

So what are your bacon, BBQ ribs, chicken tenders,strips or even patties, spaghetti with sauce and meatballs made from? I hope not SOY or CORN or WHEAT.

You do know that plants have feelings and SCREAM when cut or pulled from the ground.

jayabee52 2014-08-07 15:10:50 -0500 Report

Spook, I clicked the link and it was infected by some virus which made it necessary to restart my computer. What a PITA!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-08-07 13:02:05 -0500 Report

Another doctor capitalizing on people. He is right up there on my list of pay no attention to doctors. Dr. Oz is at the top of that list

TLTanner 2014-08-07 14:15:52 -0500 Report

I thought Chuck Fisher was joking, as most people are when they say that plants have feelings. I believe, we all know that they don't. Anyway, I laughed at your joke, Chuck! :-D

jayabee52 2014-08-07 15:28:32 -0500 Report

Actually, TL, it was not a joke. read this ~ http://www.viewzone.com/plants.html

Mythbusters did a segment on this subject and initially confirmed the same belief, However I suspect the powers that be didn't like that conclusion and when I look it up it says that that belief is "busted". However I do believe that plants feel pain as do animals. So eating grains might make you a "cereal killer"

MamaSpook 2014-08-07 21:25:48 -0500 Report


I have:

A puppy in one hand

A vegetable in the other

You have to choose which one to stab.

Like any sane person, I’m going to go ahead and assume you chose the vegetable. Why? Because you know damn well that vegetables aren’t alive like animals are.

Stop trivializing and mocking the suffering of non human animals by butting into conversations pretending to care about the well being of carrots!

kindlekm 2014-08-12 07:43:38 -0500 Report

i don't know which one it is but i'm sure there is a logical fallacy in there somewhere ie red herring slippery slope (that stuff)

jayabee52 2014-08-08 15:20:19 -0500 Report

actually, Spook, the Vegetable IS alive. Otherwise they would not grow.

The thing is that one being gives up its life to nourish another. Sometime it's a plant and sometime it's an animal. So your ultimatium is a false ultimatum.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-08-07 11:24:30 -0500 Report

Since I under no circumstances microwave food, I would never buy this. My microwave oven is now a kitchen cabinet.

If you make a Dagwood Sandwich using all the ingredients Dagwood used, I would be more concerned with the amount of sodium than the calories. I prefer to calculate my calories the old fashioned way. As for fast foods, I rarely eat in Burger King or McDonalds etc… If I am going to a restaurant that is a special treat and I could care less about the calories. It isn't going to kill me. A Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville opened not far from where I live and I plan to go there, have a Cheeseburger in Paradise with a Margarita and that night I won't care about calories or carbs. I plan to have some fun.

I can't live my life worrying about every calorie I eat.

TLTanner 2014-08-07 14:18:14 -0500 Report

We use our microwave to reheat things, like coffee or maybe heat up some water quickly. We also use glass containers for such things. I can honestly say that we do not use it for cooking anything. Oh, yeah, occasionally we use it to defrost, or partially defrost, some meat and again, in a glass container. We also use it for the clock. :-D

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-08-07 12:11:43 -0500 Report

Please tell us how you calculate calories the old-fashioned way. Do you use kitchen nutrition scale?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-08-07 12:58:25 -0500 Report

Yes I do along with books that list the serving size and calories of all kinds of foods. Am I accurate? Of course not but I can't see a microwave doing this and as you said it would not be beneficial to diabetics.

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