Why I Threw Out My Toxic Cookware

Many people are unaware of the hidden dangers lurking in their kitchens. We go to great lengths to keep our kitchen counters, dishes and utensils clean, but we don’t give a second thought to what we’re using to cook our food.

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Toxic cookware, when heated can leach chemicals into our food. These chemicals make their way into our bodies, and end up increasing our detoxification burden. Don’t put your families health at risk.

Would You Like a Side of Perfluorooctanoic Acid With That?

Perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, is part of a class of petrol-chemicals called C-8s. PFOA is used in the manufacture of of non-stick cookware. It has long been held by consumer advocates that PFOA is harmful to our health, which was denied by the industry for years.

According to the Consumer Affairs website: “In 2005, the Environmental Protection Agency fined DuPont $10 million – the largest civil penalty ever levied under any environmental statute at the time – for hiding information that PFOA was a serious public health risk.” (1)

In July of 2012 the FDA reached and agreement with the chemical industry to phase out these toxic chemicals. We should heed their advice and stop cooking with these pots and pans.

Throw Out Those Old Pots and Pans

When Teflon in toxic cookware is heated it leaches chemicals such as PFOA into our food. This is especially the case when scratched. So, if you care about your health, and you’re still using Teflon cookware, it’s time to throw them out. Don’t just put them away in the back of the cabinet; you may be tempted to use them one day. Instead, get rid of them.

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Aluminum

Another toxic substance commonly used in cookware is aluminum. Aluminum has no use in the human body. Therefore, it is toxic at any level. Aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, autism, parkinson’s, and many other neurological disorders. (2) Aluminum has also been associated with systemic inflammation. (3)

Aluminum can pass the blood-brain barrier and deposit itself in our brains. So, why take the risk? Just get rid of any form of aluminum cookware. For the same reasons, don’t use aluminum foil to cook with either.

Healthy Cookware

You may be saying: “I’ve been cooking with this stuff for years; am I in trouble?” First let me say, don’t panic. We’re exposed to chemicals daily, from all kinds of sources. Our bodies have a tremendous capacity to handle toxic exposure.

However, once we become aware of a simple way to reduce chemical exposure, I suggest action. Maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new set of cookware? Here are some suggestions:

  • The best non stick cookware is enameled cast iron.
  • Simple cast iron is the classic non-toxic cookware. Hint: don’t use soap when cleaning. Rinse with hot water, scrub with steel or copper wool if necessary, and wipe with a paper towel. When done, coat with oil, and apply low heat to disinfect and seal the metal. Food will stick much less this way. Lodge is a great brand.
  • Stainless Steel is durable, although it can release some compounds like nickel. However, it’s still a great alternative.
  • Stoneware is a healthy alternative to cooking food wrapped in aluminum foil.
  • Glass or Corningware are great for baking. Pirex bowls with lids are great for food storage.

I hope this helps you on your health journey.

 

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  • suzanne says:

    David, thank you SO much! You share things that are so important that do not cross most of our minds! Thank you for caring so much and sharing what God has given you to share to help our families be healthier! God bless you!

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