Fitness influencer Ashy Bines reveals the bizarre health reason she refuses to use a microwave – but does science agree?

Controversial fitness influencer Ashy Bines has revealed the curious reason she hasn’t owned a microwave in over a decade.

The Queensland mother of two shared her concerns about the household appliance during an Instagram Q&A with fans on Saturday, saying she believes microwaves ruin the nutritional value of food.

‘I personally believe that they kill any living nutrients. (There are) much better, healthier options for reheating food. Also radiation,’ she replied to a fan who questioned why she didn’t own a microwave oven.

‘It’s been 13 years now since we’ve owned one (there was one at our last rental that I used maybe 3 times). Each to their own, and I know that most families use them and they are very convenient – but I just want to encourage you to look into them more as well. No judgment here – do whatever works for you!’ she continued.

Ashy went on to say that she ‘loves to’ use her air fryer as well as a pan to heat up her food.

Controversial fitness influencer Ashy Bines (pictured) has revealed the curious reason she hasn't owned a microwave in more than a decade

Controversial fitness influencer Ashy Bines (pictured) has revealed the curious reason she hasn’t owned a microwave in more than a decade

While social media is awash with claims that microwaves extract nutrients from food, all cooking methods – such as steaming, grilling or air-frying – actually cause some nutrients to break down as heat can change their chemical structure.

This is especially true if a food is cooked for too long or at a very high temperature.

Because they cook food faster, microwaves can actually preserve vitamins better than other cooking methods, according to Harvard research.

The Queensland mother of two shared her concerns about the household appliance during an Instagram Q&A with fans on Saturday, saying she believes microwaves ruin the nutritional value of food

The Queensland mother of two shared her concerns about the household appliance during an Instagram Q&A with fans on Saturday, saying she believes microwaves ruin the nutritional value of food

'I personally believe that they kill any living nutrients.  (There are) much better, healthier options for reheating food.  Also radiation,' she replied to a fan who questioned why she didn't own a microwave

‘I personally believe that they kill any living nutrients. (There are) much better, healthier options for reheating food. Also radiation,’ she replied to a fan who questioned why she didn’t own a microwave

Microwaving is also better at retaining fiber, which is essential for gut health, compared to pressure-cooking vegetables, according to a study published in Food Chemistry in 2002.

Ashy’s fears about ‘radiation’ were also allayed.

Microwave ovens use microwaves – a form of electromagnetic radiation – to target and excite the water molecules in food.

Because they cook food faster, microwaves can actually preserve vitamins better than other cooking methods, according to Harvard research

Because they cook food faster, microwaves can actually preserve vitamins better than other cooking methods, according to Harvard research

The rapidly rotating water molecules mean food heats up quickly.

While extensive exposure to radiation can be harmful – there are regulations on how much emissions can come from a microwave – and it is well below any dangerous level.

Furthermore, there has never been any research proving that microwave ovens cause any long-term harm to humans.