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Japan:New Fat-Busting Microwave Oven Unveiled
Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 08/23/04 | N/A

Posted on 08/23/2004 10:06:06 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

New Fat-Busting Microwave Oven Unveiled

Mon Aug 23, 7:28 AM ET Add Technology - Reuters to My Yahoo!

TOKYO (Reuters) - Eyeing up that juicy steak but worried about your waistline? Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. (6753.T) says it has developed a new fat-busting microwave oven that can melt some of your worries away.

Unveiling its invention to media on Monday, Sharp said the microwave generates "superheated steam" at a temperature of about 572 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt fat and reduce oil and salt from steak, chicken, fish and other foods.

Osaka-based Sharp said the product was developed to address a growing awareness among consumers about the need for a healthier diet, especially with obesity rates climbing to worrisome levels in many countries around the world.

"Obesity is becoming a global problem," said Itsuro Kato, a director that heads up Sharp's home appliances division.

Sharp said the machine's fat-zapping power derives from a steam generating unit that produces a combination of convective heat and condensation heat so hot that fat liquefies and flows out of the food in a very short period of time.

The company said the new oven can remove eight times more fat off a 200 gram beefsteak than if prepared in a frying pan, leading to a 13 percent reduction in calories.

It can cut nearly 19 percent of the fat off a 100 gram serving of mackerel, compared with about 12 percent reduction when using a gas grill, Sharp said.

Scheduled to go on sale in Japan next month and to be gradually introduced after that in overseas markets, Sharp's new oven can also reduce salt content in fish and limit the loss of vitamin C in vegetables, the company said.

But reducing the fat and calories of your meals will come at a price. Sharp said it expected the "AX-HC1" to sell for about $1,150, or several times the price of a typical microwave oven that might retail in Japan for around $185.

Sharp said it would continue to make conventional microwave ovens and market the "AX-HC1" as a high-end model for health-conscious consumers.

The company said it would start with a monthly production of 10,000 units, but aimed to sell 500,000 worldwide in the business year to March 2008.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fatbusting; health; microwaveoven; steam
I wonder how meat tastes afterwards.
1 posted on 08/23/2004 10:06:07 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Anyone that would put a good steak in the microwave is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.


2 posted on 08/23/2004 10:08:13 AM PDT by IamConservative (A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Well in Japan, it probably still would taste pretty good as their beef is the most fat in the entire free world. The cows get massaged daily so that the fat doesn't aggregate.

PS they allow no beef imports.


3 posted on 08/23/2004 10:08:29 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Probably something like shoe leather.


4 posted on 08/23/2004 10:08:29 AM PDT by RockinRight (Liberalism IS the status quo)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

probably like the best soy steak you ever had!


5 posted on 08/23/2004 10:08:48 AM PDT by flashbunny (Kerry helped move jobs to china - http://www.flashbunny.org/commentary/kerryoutsourced.html)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Nobody gets fat eating steak.


6 posted on 08/23/2004 10:09:12 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: avg_freeper
Thank you!

So many overeducated retards running our collective perspective, it makes me furious.

7 posted on 08/23/2004 10:11:43 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: IamConservative
Anyone that would put a good steak in the microwave is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.

Hmmm... what about an accessory for the grill?

8 posted on 08/23/2004 10:15:51 AM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi ||| Resource for Traditional Anglicans: trad-anglican.faithweb.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The company said the new oven can remove eight times more fat off a 200 gram beefsteak than if prepared in a frying pan,

Well yeah, microwaves have always produced more drippings than conventional cooking methods that sear the surface and seal the juices in.

I wonder how many media idiots think this marketing stunt is actually something "new".

9 posted on 08/23/2004 10:18:42 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Alan Go!!!)
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To: IamConservative

How about a few screws short of a hardware store.


10 posted on 08/23/2004 10:20:24 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I wonder how meat tastes afterwards.

Vulcanized.


11 posted on 08/23/2004 10:20:59 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you decide to kick the tiger in the ass...you'd better be prepared to deal with the teeth.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Great news for Hillary! I can see her stomping around the well of the Senate with a couple of these strapped to her ass.


12 posted on 08/23/2004 10:22:45 AM PDT by cweese
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Can Muttly have the fat before they throw it away ?

He always orders "extra fat" when he dines out...even at the ice cream store.


13 posted on 08/23/2004 10:22:54 AM PDT by PoorMuttly ("Now, there you go again.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

No kidding!


14 posted on 08/23/2004 10:23:07 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

A steak without fat isn't worth eating.


15 posted on 08/23/2004 10:25:12 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Willie Green

Just wait, Willie!

Next year there will be a new "informercial" kiting this thing for "three easy payments of 29.95!"

I can hardly wait....


16 posted on 08/23/2004 10:25:19 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I don't think it's fat that's causing obesity. It's a calorie issue. Eat more fat and less starch, you will be less hungry and therefore consume less calories.


17 posted on 08/23/2004 10:25:46 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: CarrotAndStick

A couple of tacos short of a "Fiesta Platter".


18 posted on 08/23/2004 10:26:34 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: saveliberty
Save, I don't think you're entirely accurate. First, the cows you describe are Kobe Beef cattle. Massively expensive to raise and eat. I believe it is by far the most expensive beef in the world. However, in no way is all of their beef Kobe caliber. Second, I think you are dead wrong on the beef import policy. McDonald's alone imports tons a day.
19 posted on 08/23/2004 10:27:21 AM PDT by Shryke (Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl.)
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To: saveliberty

You're misinformed. Kobe beef is raised in many parts of the world and here in California for most of the cows' life. They ship the cattle back to Kobe Japan for the last year in order for it to be legally labeled Kobe beef.


20 posted on 08/23/2004 10:27:57 AM PDT by pragmatic_asian
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Studies are out there that will tell you that fat is not the problem. The problem is inactivity and an unvaried diet. No thank you, more junk science. I'll save my money and spend it on something else.



21 posted on 08/23/2004 10:28:42 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
One could always eat a smaller steak.

Or, I will offer to take your high-fat steaks (choice or prime grade) and trade them for leaner "Select" grade steaks of the same size and cut, on an equal pound-for-pound basis. (Same offer for side of beef, beef on the hoof, or futures.)

I'll do it for your health.
22 posted on 08/23/2004 10:28:50 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Shryke; pragmatic_asian

Sorry for the mistake on my part and thanks for the good information :)


23 posted on 08/23/2004 10:29:28 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: saveliberty
PS they allow no beef imports.

Not any more. They used to, but restricted it after the scare a while back about American beef being infected with "mad cow disease."

24 posted on 08/23/2004 10:31:02 AM PDT by The Grammarian (It is true that love can sometimes kill, but hatred can never save.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Wonder if it can cook the carbs out of potato chips?


25 posted on 08/23/2004 10:33:27 AM PDT by brewcrew
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To: The Grammarian

Thanks for the help! I had old information and spoke out of turn.


26 posted on 08/23/2004 10:33:58 AM PDT by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Gad! Does this mean the Hilderbeast could shrink her ankles?
27 posted on 08/23/2004 10:35:41 AM PDT by sonofatpatcher2 (Texas, Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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To: agrarianlady

I agree. I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I'm no Michael Moore by any stretch, perhaps I need to lose 25 pounds or so.

Anyway, my weakness is quantity, not quality. I've become accustomed to large portions.


28 posted on 08/23/2004 10:37:49 AM PDT by RockinRight (Liberalism IS the status quo)
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To: saveliberty

Actually, to clarify my last post, I was saying that they don't allow much in the way of beef imports any more. There's been an upturn in domestic beef because of fears about American beef being infected with mad cow disease. I can't find the article because I can't access their site at the moment, but I do believe that I remember reading this on www.japantoday.com a while back.


30 posted on 08/23/2004 10:43:56 AM PDT by The Grammarian (It is true that love can sometimes kill, but hatred can never save.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Great. Another gimmick.

It would be simplest if people just stopped stuffing their faces and get off the couch already.

(What's next from Japan--a teflon coated couch so one does not need to be surgically separated from it like that women last week?)


31 posted on 08/23/2004 10:48:55 AM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I know what's next:

Japanese researcher at Ding Bat Industries, invents the stomach belt.

The belt, constructed of a material similar to that used in bullet resistant vests, is worn tightly around the midsection.

It thereby compresses one's stomach against one's backbone, leaving less room for the stomach to expand, giving the wearer an early feeling of a full stomach.

The devices inventor, Dr. Hu Tufat, was inspired to invent the device when his morbidly obese great aunt, Aunt Mee Tufat-Tu, was considering stomach stapling.

Being diabetic from her obesity, the operation would have been dangerous!

Dr. Tufat then realized if he could find a way to reduce the capacity of her stomach without an actual operation, he might save her life.

Dr. Tufat says his device if worn according to instructions, poses no harm to the user.

The device does have a cautionary label, advising the user to wear it only during meals, lest circulation be cut-off, resulting in amputation of the lower half of one's body . . . .
32 posted on 08/23/2004 11:01:29 AM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Eating a diet containing a moderate amount of fat does not necessarily cause obesity. Eating a diet heavy on carbohydrates like the USDA "pyramid" can contribute to obesity by causing fluctuations in blood sugar.

When I cut my carb intake eight months ago, I lost 30 lbs in 6 months. That's after losing 115lbs last year...but that was the ex-wife.

33 posted on 08/23/2004 11:06:55 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (I could have been an actor, but I wound up here. I just have to look good, I don't have to be clear.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

How about "Not the sharpest knife in the drawer"?


34 posted on 08/23/2004 11:18:37 AM PDT by Still Thinking
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Osaka! Osaka! Achi mo kochi mo ande!
Osaka! Osaka! Ee mon aru, oide!


35 posted on 08/23/2004 11:22:28 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: tiamat
Next year there will be a new "informercial" kiting this thing for "three easy payments of 29.95!"

Paging

36 posted on 08/23/2004 11:24:41 AM PDT by Fast Ed97
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To: Age of Reason

WHAT?

Okay.

Tell us about the couch. Please!

I mised it and I need cheap entertainment!

:-)


37 posted on 08/23/2004 11:31:48 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: Fast Ed97

Sorry, Ed.

Can't see anything other than a "Tripod" logo.


38 posted on 08/23/2004 11:32:38 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: saveliberty

"PS they allow no beef imports."

The only thing that stopped is American beef imports. They have imported beef from Australia for many years. Kobe beef is extremely expensive and is not what you see in the supermarket, it is typically reserved for expensive restaurants.


39 posted on 08/23/2004 1:40:42 PM PDT by oldcomputerguy
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To: tiamat

You're gonna be sorry you asked:

"480-Pound Woman Dies After Six Years On Couch"

http://www.wftv.com/news/3643877/detail.html


40 posted on 08/23/2004 2:15:10 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Age of Reason

Oh wow.

Glad I'm not eating til later.

Thanks?

I think?


41 posted on 08/23/2004 3:02:04 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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