When using your favorite pots and pans, you’ve probably given little thought to how dangerous it could be. Most people have only heard about the dangers of non-stick cookware, but did you know that there is a little bit of danger lurking in almost all products? The truth is that most people don’t want to ingest harmful chemical.
In fact, many of us actually go the extra mile to avoid eating foods that contain preservatives and genetically-modified ingredients. However, there are some things that you need to know about your favorite cooking set if you want to stay healthy.
The Dangers of Teflon Cookware
If you’ve been involved with cooking for any length of time, someone has probably told you that Teflon cookware is dangerous but didn’t tell you why. Your typical set of Teflon cookware actually contains something called PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid.
There are many studies that suggest having a high amount of PFOA in your bloodstream can significantly increase your risk for developing cancer. However, a high level of PFOA in your blood can also cause other health conditions that you don’t want.
When you cook with Teflon products, the coating on the pots and pans can break down, and what happens is it releases PFOA into the food, so when you eat the tasty meal you just cooked, you’re actually ingesting a lot of PFOA.
It’s acceptable to use Teflon every once in a while, but if you can, why not avoid it altogether? We recommend a quality set of stainless-steel as your cooking foundation. There are plenty of other materials that have the same attributes as non-stick Teflon but don’t poison your bloodstream with perfluorooctanoic acid.
What about Aluminum?
Although it’s not nearly as dangerous as Teflon, aluminum cookware isn’t as safe as you might’ve thought. When you cook with aluminum, it releases small amounts of aluminum into your food.
There are many studies that show high amounts of aluminum in the body can promote many of the estrogen-related cancers, such as ovarian, uterine and breast cancers; it can also promote the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Since we already get more than enough aluminum from our daily diet, the excess aluminum released can be harmful.
What about Copper?
It’s hard to understand how something as beautiful as copper can be harmful. Like aluminum, copper can be released into food when you cook with it.
Also, many copper pots and pans have nickel in them, which is also released into the food that you eat. An excess of copper and nickel in the body can increase your risk of developing cancer.
Is Cast Iron Dangerous?
Unfortunately, cast-iron also releases small amounts of iron into your food. If you have too much iron in your body, it increases the amount of free radical damage sustained, which is linked to the development of cancer.
Glass, Enamel and Ceramic Cookware
These materials are known to contain lead. Since most people already have too much lead in their body, it certainly won’t help to end up getting even more lead from the cast-iron you’re using. Studies show that too much lead can damage your nervous system and cause cognitive issues.
Dangers of Stainless Steel
Like most other types of cookware, stainless steel can leech metal alloys into the food that you cook with it. Stainless steel is known to release nickel, chromium and iron into food. By now, you’re probably starting to feel like every single type of cookware is too dangerous to use.
However, that is not the desired purpose of this article. While most pots and pans release some type of metal particles into your food, it doesn’t mean they’re going to kill you, and studies show that it would likely take decades of very frequent use for any significant health issues to develop just from using cookware.
If you’re the type of person who wants to eliminate the risk altogether, then you can buy a set of titanium, which doesn’t react with food, so you don’t have to worry about it leeching metal particles into the food that you cook with it. Although titanium can cost a bit more money than other types of cookware, experts believe it’s worth it.