Toxic Cookware - Beware!
Since its debut, Teflon
coated cookware has increased in popularity in kitchens worldwide. With good
reason - this handy non-stick coating is simply a dream. Easy to cook on and
easy to clean!
Teflon has literally
revolutionized the manufacture of cookware. Even the worst of kitchen disasters
cleans up in a jiffy when cooking on Teflon. One would be hard pressed to find
any kitchen that did not have at least one Teflon coated piece of cookware.
Teflon has become the way of the world.
Like many scientific
breakthroughs, Teflon was accidentally discovered over 70 years ago by a
scientist employed by DuPont.
The Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) asserts that DuPont has purposely withheld health hazardous
information regarding Teflon since the early 1980’s. Peflourooanoic acid (PFOA),
a chemical used to produce Teflon, has been appearing in blood samples of people
world wide. DuPont, slapped with approximately 300 million dollars in fines, has
agreed to pay a 108 million dollar lawsuit brought about by residents near one
of its company plants as elevated levels of PFOA’s have been found in
surrounding drinking water supplies.
According to risk assessments
by the EPA, PFOA’s present significant developmental and reproductive risks in
humans with the use of Teflon:
An increased rate of
birth defects has been found in mothers working at DuPont. The company’s
response was to move female employees to other sections of the plant in an
effort to reduce their exposure to PFOA’s.
The chemical coating that
we have all come to benignly cook on is also used in fire fighting foam and
Variants of FPOA’s are
used to make the coating on stain resistant carpets and flame retardants for
clothing and computers.
Teflon can also be found
in nail polish removers, eyeglasses, and as lining in pizza boxes.
PFOA’s do not break down in
the environment anytime soon, causing forever pollution. According to Tim Kropp,
a toxicologist with the Environmental Working Group, if all future exposure is
cut off, it would take the body at least 20 years to detoxify Teflon chemicals.
Finally, the EPA has recommended that PFOA be classified as a human carcinogen.
Be advised that Teflon is the
trade name for a line of cookware. Other lines of non stick cookware that use
the Teflon coating includes Greblon, Silverstone, Supra, and Excaliber.
This is not a comprehensive list. Check before you buy.
Careful as we try to be, it
inevitable that our Teflon pots and pans will endure scratches at some point. In
fact, many are certain to have an old, bruised, battered, and scratched Teflon
pan that has been part of the kitchen arsenal for years and years. Hardly a
utensil that should be used for cooking. A utensil that delivers a dangerous
toxic load with each meal it helps prepare. Given the fact that Teflon is
typically used to cover aluminum pots and pans, we are experiencing yet a double
chemical assault as explained below.
line - Teflon and its associated by-products are dangerous and pose a
significant health hazard to all.
Aluminum cookware is not desirable due to the Alzheimer’s and aluminum toxicity
connection. If you will notice, your aluminum foil has a dull side and a shiny
side. The dull side is a protective coating that separates the aluminum foil
from contact with your food. The shiny side is unprotected. Thus, the dull side
should always surround food items. Canned goods now have an interior dull wax
coating in an effort to keep food and aluminum separated from one another.
Chewing gum wrappers are protected with a paper coating preventing contact with
- Older glass cookware sets come with a lead toxicity problem. However,
improvements in manufacturing the past 10 years have eliminated this issue.
Newer glass cookware is perfectly acceptable.
Ceramic Coated Cast-Iron
Cookware - Ceramic coated cast iron or stoneware has proven benign as