By Daniella Lauren

Infrared cooking refers to cooking food with invisible light energy. When light waves hit the food, the molecules shake violently and begin to heat up.

Microwaves are a common household appliance.


Infrared cooking helps create sear marks.

Microwaves and infrared barbecue both utilized infrared cooking technology. Infrared barbecue grills operate at a higher temperature, up to 900 degrees F., which is 150 degrees F. higher than standard gas grills.


According to Prevention, microwaves that use infrared technology do not pose cancer risks because they do not have enough power to damage your DNA. Infrared grills instantly vaporize grease drippings, which results in fewer flare-ups while cooking.


Infrared cooking heats food quickly, and saves up to 85 percent of energy used by standard ovens.


According to the World Health Organization, food cooked in microwave ovens has the same nutritional value as food cooked in a traditional oven.


Food cooked in the microwave does not become "radio active," nor are any radioactive fields present inside the microwave when it is not in use.

Reduce Risks

Prevent infrared rays from escaping the device by ensuring that the seal is secure, and that the device is in proper working order. Keep microwave doors and latches free from debris so that they close properly.