Is your cookware really poisoning your family?

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Have you ever heard of poly-perfluoroalkyl substances? It’s a tough word to pronounce, but it’s tougher to avoid it still. These substances, also known as PFASs are in fact chemicals – man-made chemicals found in non-stick pans and other types of household products. When non-stick pans first came out on the market, everyone loved them. You could fry eggs, steaks or make pancakes with little to no cleaning necessary, which made that pan worthy of worship. Little did we know that we were glorifying something so utterly detrimental to our health.  It’s the reason why so many people have shifted their attention towards earthenware cookware and the many health benefits that it brings along.

Are non-stick pans really poisonous?

The Green Science Policy Institute in California has released a very interesting petition, called The Madrid Statement, in which it described and explained the harm of PFAS chemicals and the risks that we are exposing ourselves to by using this type of cookware. Scientists and academics from 40 other countries signed this petition, sustaining its veracity. And the bad news is that these chemicals and toxins are not only found in non-stick pans, but also in plenty of other food handling materials, such as fast food wrappers, popcorn bags, pizza boxes and even takeaway containers. If you simply think of how many times you and your family have had takeaway or have ordered pizza and then have had microwave popcorn for movie night, you get just how much exposure you’ve already had. So yes, even if the levels of PFASs are low, the sheer volume of carriers makes the exposure threatening to you and your family’s health. Some of these chemicals have been linked to various illnesses, from testicular and kidney cancer to obesity, liver malfunction and thyroid disruption.

What’s the alternative?

Well, that’s easy. Think less convenience and more health. As mentioned above, earthenware cookware is the healthiest kitchenware you can find, provided that you go for pure clay pots and pans that haven’t been glazed or treated in any way. There are two advantages to changing your kitchenware from Teflon or other types of non-stick pans to clay cookware. First, obviously, you’ll benefit from a healthy, 100% natural food, with no chemicals leached into it, because clay is non-reactive. Secondly, when you stop buying these pans, you contribute to reducing consumer demand and this also helps preventing new emissions or exposures, because less demand equals less production and PFASs can be released from the production process as well.