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Top 4 Dangerous Cookware That Release Toxins, And 5 Non-Toxic Options To Keep Your Family Safe

May 28, 2018 12:54

Lately, more and more people have become aware of the benefits of eating healthy food. While we can be extremely attentive to the quality and freshness of the products we choose to consume, we may forget that the coin has another side – the cookware we use.

There are plenty of choices in the market, and we tend to fall for catchy commercials and eye-pleasing options. However, some cooking utensils may have hidden dangerous properties.

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Here is the top-4 toxic cookware that is not recommended to use:

1. Copper

Although there are advantages in using copper cookware, such as quick and even heating, longevity and their very pretty look, there is a change of being heavily poisoned by copper.

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Extreme exposure to this metal causes severe poisoning and, consequentely, there is some major damage to one's health. The cookware is normally coated with a protective layer, but considering its daily use and the fact that acidic food are to be cooked in them, it is likely that this protective cover will wear off. That’s when your cookware starts releasing copper, contaminating your food.

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2. Teflon

Teflon cookware is probably  the number one choice for cooking buffs. Yes, it is non-stick and this advantage can’t help but draw buyers at the stores. However, the way the non-stick effect is achieved is not healthy at all.

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Teflon cookware is covered with a layer of a plastic polymer called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). It releases toxins when heated above 572 degrees Fahrenheit and causes a dangerous condition that may resemble the symptoms of the flu.

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Teflon cookware also contain perfluorooctanoic acid, which may cause different kinds of cancer when it remains in the human body for too long.

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3. Aluminum cookware & aluminum foil

Aluminum is a neurotoxin metal that has been linked to a brain damage, and the development Alzheimer’s. When the cover layer of the cookware gets too thin and damaged, our food gets exposed to the toxins.

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4. Ceramic-coated cookware

This cookware looks so pretty, you may instantly reach for your wallet. But, in fact, these pots are made from a mixture of metals and covered with a dangerous synthetic polymer. On the top, there is a thin ceramic layer which gets off easily due to everyday use, allowing all those toxins to leak out.

It is better to avoid these kitchen utensils and stick to healthier alternatives. There are plenty of choices:

  • real cast iron cookware;
  • ceramics;
  • pottery;
  • glass;
  • stainless steel.

These materials are absolutely health-friendly, and they do not poison the food. They may not provide a non-stick function; however, using the right cooking technique, you won’t even need it.

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Using your pots and pans right will give them a chance to serve you well for many years.

Source: Goodhousekeeping

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This material is provided for informational purposes only. Some of the products and items discussed in this article may cause an allergic reaction and damage your health. Before use, consult a certified technician/specialist. The editorial board is not responsible for any harm or other consequences that may be caused by the use of the methods, products or items described in this article.