You love to cook, and love making healthy, home cooked meals. But your cookware may not be panning out!
If you are being good and making the type of meals you should for you and your family, you may still be slowly poisoning your body! That’s right; the cookware you use may be slowly filling your body with unnecessary heavy metals and toxins. There are a few things you should be aware of:
Teflon coating on cookware contains a toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which is stated to be potentially cancer-causing by the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, manufacturers are set to totally phase it out by 2015. It has been found to cause serious changes in organs including the brain, prostate, liver, kidneys and others. So if you still have Teflon in your kitchen, it is time to do a surf and turf – that is surf through, find it and turf it!
Aluminum is found in trace amounts in your body from the foods you eat. The big problem is when there is an excess of this metal in your body. Aluminum, cooking pots can drive your aluminum level above the point of tolerance. Even tiny flakes can cause toxic levels to rise, and digesting it is the perfect, or imperfect, way to perpetuate this toxicity. Aluminum reacts when heated with salty and acidic foods, causing it to “release” into these foods. The results are a much higher risk of contracting Alzheimer’s Disease later in life.
Think you’re not at risk because you never use aluminum pots? Maybe not! Are you using aluminum foil? Unfortunately, Aluminum’s heat reaction means that aluminum foil is unsafe too!
There is bad news about stainless steel, too. Manufacturers use a blend of metals to make stainless steel cookware, including nickel. This can lead to allergies and cardiovascular complications.
So let’s grill the solutions
The most convenient solutions that we have found are glass cookware and enamel cast iron pots and pans. These are not a specialty item and can usually be purchased at any local store that carries home goods.