There are 2 toxic cookwares you need to be aware of.
When cooking with aluminum cookware please know it is possible for the aluminum to leach into the food you’re cooking. Acid foods like tomatoes can cause greater leakage when cooking with aluminum cookware than lower acid foods like rice.
If you are cooking for a longer period of time or storing food in aluminum, that also can cause more leaching. This includes using tin-foil.
According to a study done in 2013 in Immunologic Research found a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s, ALS, and autism spectrum disorders. (1)
Anodized aluminum is safer since it is made by hardening the surface preventing the leaching of aluminum into your food.
It’s time to be aware!
This is a bummer, I know.
How easy is it to cook and clean with Teflon?
It’s VERY easy. I used to use it all the time!
Now it’s time to be aware of the health risks.
The technical term for the special coating on your Teflon non-stick pans is known as PFOA or Perfluorooctanoic acid. This coating resists heat, oil, stains, grease, and water, which makes it super easy to clean. However, convenience is not all its cracked up to be!
When these pans are overheated or left on the stove for too long they can release a toxic fume that can cause flu-like symptoms in humans and even kill birds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “In laboratory animals given large amounts, PFOA can affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver.” (2)
Yes, you won’t get large amounts of PFOA using Teflon coated pans and still, it’s better to use pots and pans that are known not to harm your body in any way!
On the Cancer.org website it says that “Teflon itself is not suspected of causing cancer” and then it talks about the exposure to PFOA, which is the coating on the bottom of your Teflon pots and pans. They state…
“Studies in lab animals have found exposure to PFOA increases the risk of certain tumors of the liver, testicles, mammary glands (breasts), and pancreas in these animals. In general, well-conducted studies in animals do a good job of predicting which exposures cause cancer in people. But it isn’t clear if the way this chemical affects cancer risk in animals would be the same in humans.” (3)
It’s your call and it’s good to know the possible health risks.
BONUS INSIGHT: If you have Teflon pans and the surface is scratched off, that means Teflon is getting into your food. Please throw those pans away and get less toxic cookware.
Purchasing healthy non-toxic cookware can be more expensive and it will be well worth it!
Safe Non-Toxic Cookware Should Be Made Out Of The Following:
- Stainless Steel
Diamond Clad Ceramic
- Stainless Steel on the inside and Copper on the outside
You can find cookware made out of these items on Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and more!