We have begun to change our lifestyles to a healthier one. From switching over to healthy food to engaging in hardcore workouts, to even changing our sedentary lifestyles to active ones, we have left no stone unturned. But have you ever wondered what effect your cookware has on the healthy food that you cook in it? It’s time you wonder. There are hidden dangers residing in your kitchen. When we subject our food to pots, pans, and plastics made out of toxic material, we are allowing a free-flowing transfer of chemicals into our food. The market has many cookware like nonstick, Teflon, stainless steel, aluminum, etc. that promote easy cleaning and easy usage.
But some of this cookware could be secretly discharging toxic substances and chemicals into your food. Would you really want to risk yours and your family’s health? Are these cookware actually health threats masquerading as pretty pots and pans? It is important to know your cookware before making your purchase. After all, it’s like picking out healthy food from the grocery store – you need to be sure that it’s devoid of any health risks. Hence, we have curated a list of the harmful cookware that you should show the door to.
1. Throw The Teflon Away
Have you seen those smooth, soft, and slippery pots and pans in your kitchen? These are every kitchen’s favorite as they don’t let the food to stick to the surface. Of course, they are easy to clean (just like the adverts show you), they don’t require dollops of liquid soap to get rid of the food glued to the bottom. But most of us are unaware of the underlying hazards of the Teflon coating. Teflon, also known as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is a synthetic polymer. This coating on the utensils releases toxic fumes when heated for too long. It causes flu-like symptoms, and increases the risk of high cholesterol, thyroid dysfunction, and infertility (1), (2). Also, nonstick cookware can easily seep other toxic elements into the food. Adding to the Pandora’s Box, the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that is used to make Teflon has carcinogenic properties (3).
Safe Alternative: Cast Iron Cookware
One of the oldest and safest cookware is the cast iron cookware. It not only heats well and keeps you away from toxic chemicals seeping into your food, but it also imparts some essential iron into your food. And that’s a good mineral that you should have. Additionally, cast iron cookware is durable and evenly distributes the heat on the utensil. And if you wish to make it nonstick, you can season it (use oil and bake it).
2. Say No To Aluminium