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4 Types of Toxic Cookware to Avoid and 4 Safe Alternatives

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four types of toxic cookware to avoid

and for safe alternatives most people

these days are well aware of the

importance of eating healthy however not

everyone knows that the cookware you use

to prepare your dishes is just as

important as the food itself even the

healthiest diet can result in severe

health complication if your pots and

pans are toxic if you're ready to find

out what those dangers are which

cookware to avoid and what's safer

alternatives you can replace them with

then keep on watching one Teflon

cookware Teflon is probably the biggest

offender on this list so we'll start off

strong many people choose this nonstick

material because it's convenient and

easy to find yet they have no idea that

it's also the most dangerous the

nonstick properties of Teflon cookware

are achieved with a coating of PTFE or

polytetrafluoroethylene this is a

plastic polymer that when heated above

572 degrees Fahrenheit starts to release

toxins these toxic fumes lead to

flu-like symptoms called polymer fume

fever informally known as Teflon flu

people begin to suffer from headaches

chills and high temperature because

Teflon fumes do the most damage on the

lungs people usually feel tightness in

their chest and start coughing the

symptoms don't even appear right after a

person has breathed in the fumes but a

couple of hours later and it's not just

dangerous to people

Teflon fumes are also fatal to pet birds

like parrots another chemical compound

found in Teflon cookware is pfoa or for

fluoro octa Noack acid this man-made

chemical is also known as c8 it's

especially threatening since it tends to

stay in the body as well as the

environment for long periods of time

recent studies both in the lab and on

humans have found a link between this

substance and several types of cancer

including breast prostate and ovarian

cancer

while it's believed that the PFOA

president teflon products is in such

small amounts that it poses no threat to

people it's worth noting that this stuff

is also found in tons of other things

you come in contact with every single

day like the water you drink the amount

depends on the area where you live but

in any case it's best to limit your

exposure to PFOA if you can you can find

nonstick cookware that's free of PTFE

and PFOA but it's usually coated with

something like granite this coating is

safe to use as long as it's intact but

unfortunately it's thin and chips easily

as soon as it starts coming off you have

to stop using that cookware item

immediately try this safe alternative

instead real cast iron this is a

non-toxic cooking option that truly

withstands the test of time it heats

well and evenly throughout Plus cast

iron cookware even comes in nonstick

varieties it doesn't leak anything toxic

into your food and is actually a nice

natural way to increase your body's iron

levels and if your body doesn't need an

iron boost then you can try an am old

cast iron cookware which is just as safe

and convenient to use to aluminum

cookware and aluminum foil it's no

surprise that aluminum is so widely used

besides being a most abundant metal out

there it's also very strong lightweight

versatile and recyclable

however it's not without hidden dangers

aluminum is a neurotoxic material

elevated levels of aluminum in the body

have been linked to several nervous

system diseases including Alzheimer's

and ALS though aluminum cookware is

usually coated the coating is prone to

chipping allowing the toxic metal to get

right into your food as for aluminum

foil using it while cooking is even more

dangerous in fact there's an established

safe amount of aluminum the human body

can manage daily and that's 20

milligrams per pound of body weight

today

when you wrap your food in aluminum foil

and cook it this way

the amount of this substance that leaks

into the food significantly exceeds the

permissible level and if you add a

siddik lemon to the Fischer baking it

starts aggressively breaking down layers

and layers of aluminum letting them seep

into your dinner that's why you should

use foil only to wrap cold foods and

leftovers in try this safe alternative

instead glass cookware this is another

safe option to consider

it'll never release anything toxic when

heated it doesn't hold on to any old

flavors or odors and it's not only

durable but also eco-friendly the only

downside of glass cookware is that it

isn't nonstick but that's just a small

price to pay for your health and safety

3 copper cookware you've probably seen

copper cookware in stores and noticed

how pretty of us you're likely to have

heard of it's amazing conductive

properties that allow for quick and even

heating but did you know that copper can

actually be dangerous when used in

cookware just like with a lot of metals

the human body needs copper in small

amounts but if the body gets too much of

the stuff it can lead to

life-threatening complications and

copper cookware especially when it isn't

coded can easily send you to the ER with

a bad case of metal poisoning and that's

because it can release copper when you

cook acidic foods so if you've just

enjoyed some fish and lemon juice or

stewed tomatoes cooked with an uncoated

copper pot and you find yourself

suffering from extremely unpleasant

symptoms such as vomiting blood

lightheadedness yellowy skin or

gastrointestinal distress among others

call 9-1-1 immediately and even if your

cookware is coated the coating often

contains nickel which is another toxic

element nickel exposure can lead to

problems with the liver and kidneys it

can also cause high blood pressure heart

disease and an increased risk of lung

cancer

try this safe alternative instead

stainless steel this is a great cookware

option it's relatively lightweight

scratch resistant and comes in nonstick

varieties

it'll also last you a really long time

just make sure you're buying food grade

stainless steel since this is the only

type that doesn't contain any nickel or

chromium for ceramic coated cookware

this type of cookware looks nice and

seems like a safe option at first after

all 100% ceramic is completely safe for

cooking

however ceramic coating usually hides

some pretty nasty stuff in it

soft ceramic coating isn't durable

enough and starts chipping after a few

months of daily use when this happens

lead and cadmium sometimes found in the

coating will end up in your food and

thus in your body lead poisoning is one

of the most dangerous types of metal

poisoning and can result in abdominal

pain headaches infertility and often

other health complications in severe

cases it can even lead to coma and death

as for cadmium it's toxic even in the

tiniest amounts if it gets into your

body it will negatively impact all your

various systems starting with the

cardiovascular and reproductive ones and

then moving on to your kidneys eyes and

brain in men it messes with testosterone

levels and damages prostate function it

can also do a real number on your bones

yeah none of this sounds very pleasant

does it even when ceramic coating is

lead-free or doesn't contain cadmium

chipped cookware can still present a

danger because it's usually neurotoxic

aluminium hiding under that coating try

this safe alternative instead 100%

ceramic cookware this is one of the best

and safest options out there since it's

made with completely natural materials

it isn't toxic and it won't ship or peel

off it's also nonstick and dishwasher

safe it's only downside is that 100%

ceramic can be pretty costly but

it will last you a very long time plus

after everything we've talked about

today and all those horrible symptoms

caused by toxic cookware don't you think

it's worth the investment did any of

your cookware make this blacklist or do

you use the safe alternatives which

one's your favorite tell us in the

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