ABSTRACT

Microwave technology has been widely used in the food industry, but the effect of microwave-heated food on human health is being questioned. Female KM mice were chosen to be treated with microwave-heated milk (MM), and reproductive markers such as litter size, birth rate, survival rate, and ovarian index were evaluated. With longer term feeding, the reproductive status (body weight, birth rate, litter size, neonatal survival rate, interpregnancy interval, and brain superoxide dismutase and catalase activity) of KM mice treated with MM did not significantly change except for the ovarian index of first-generation mice, which was decreased significantly compared with the control group and the group given electrically heated milk. Longer term consumption of MM can affect the ovarian index of reproductive mice.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Most reproductive markers in KM mice were not significantly affected by consumption of MM.

  • Longer term consumption of MM by KM mice lowered the ovarian index.

  • The effect of MM on mouse health was positively correlated with feeding duration.

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