Is induction cooker is healthy

You should therefore not stand too close to the induction cooker

Aside from gas, wood and glass ceramic, there is another type of cooker: the induction cooker. However, not everyone is excited about the technology. There are health and cost concerns. Right?

The induction cooker does not get warm while cooking.

Correct: unlike gas and glass ceramic stoves, the induction hob does not heat up directly. So if you accidentally touch the stove, you cannot burn yourself. Pans and dishes get hot anyway, because an induction stove heats the pans and pots using electromagnetic coils through which alternating current flows. The magnetic field that is created in this way penetrates the hob and creates a circular current - also known as eddy current - in the electrically conductive pan base.

Special pans are required for the induction cooker.

Correct: Not every pan is suitable for cooking on an induction stove. So if you buy a new induction cooker, you may also need a set of new pans. Pots and pans made of magnetizable material such as steel or cast iron are suitable for cooking on these hobs. However, the food stays cold in regular aluminum or chrome steel cookware. But there are also pans made of these materials with a base suitable for induction. If you are not sure whether your pans are suitable for the induction cooker, you can do a simple test: If a magnet sticks well to the bottom of the pan, the pan can be used for the induction cooker.

An induction cooker is more expensive than a gas or glass ceramic cooker.

Correct: The purchase of an induction cooker is not cheap. The devices quickly cost twice as much as the glass ceramic alternative. Some providers already have stoves with four hobs including an oven from 800 francs. With well-known manufacturers, however, the hob alone can cost more than CHF 2,000.

The radiation from the induction cooker is harmful to health.

Wrong: The magnetic field with which the induction cooker generates heat is not only limited to the hob. Part of it also radiates outwards. Since electrical and magnetic fields in the human body generate electrical currents that, above a certain strength, acutely stimulate nerves and muscles, there are concerns that induction cookers could be harmful to health. The European limit values ​​for magnetic fields are therefore set in such a way that they fall below the currents flowing in the body by at least 50 times, as the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) writes in a fact sheet on the subject. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is generally no convincing evidence of long-term health effects of medium-frequency magnetic fields. In order to investigate the exposure to magnetic stray fields during cooking, the FOPH tested three different induction cookers. Two with four hobs each and a mobile professional stove with one cooking zone. The result: when used as recommended, none of the herds exceeded the specified limit values. It also tested what happens to the magnetic fields when cooks do not use the stove as recommended. If you cook with a pan that is not suitable for the induction cooker, the stray fields are increased 3 to 5 times. If a pan is not centered on the stove top, the magnetic field can be 9.5 times stronger in the worst case.

The closer you stand to the hob, the more dangerous it is to cook with an induction hob.

Incorrect if used properly: The FOPH recommends keeping a distance of about 30 centimeters from the hotplate when it is switched on. However, it came to the conclusion that the stray fields do not exceed the limit value if handled properly, even from a distance of only 5 centimeters. However, if you cook with an unsuitable pan or if you do not place the pan in the middle of the hotplate, the magnetic fields exceed the specified limit at a distance of between 1 and 20 centimeters.

If several hobs are used at the same time, the magnetic fields are strengthened.

Wrong: The BAG test has shown that using several hobs at once has little effect on the stray fields.

People with pacemakers are not allowed to cook on an induction stove.

To be clarified: "It cannot be ruled out that stray magnetic fields from induction cookers can influence electronic implants over a short distance," says the BAG fact sheet. With correct behavior, however, the probability that the implant will be disturbed is very small. The FOPH recommends that people with a pacemaker follow the manufacturer's safety instructions and discuss the use of an induction cooker with a doctor first.

An induction cooker has short reaction times.

Correct: an induction cooker does not react quite as quickly as a gas cooker, but it is still a lot faster than a glass ceramic cooker. The induction cooker also uses less electricity than a glass ceramic cooker.

An induction cooker is easy to clean.

Correct: The cooking surface of the induction cooker can easily be cleaned of fat and other dirt, since the surface of the cooker is made of glass ceramic. In addition, food that has boiled over cannot burn on the stove because the hotplates remain cold. A damp cloth is often enough for cleaning. Splashes of fat can be easily removed with detergent.