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.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”toxic cookware”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
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.
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.
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.[Tweet “”Toxic cookware, when heated can leach chemicals into our food.” David Sandstrom”]
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.
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:
I hope this helps you on your health journey.
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