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Haven’t switched to stainless steel yet? Check out how non-stick cookware could be affecting your health:
In order for non-stick cookware to remain “non-stick” it is coated with dangerous chemicals that keeps the food from sticking to the pan. While this is convenient, it comes at a high cost. One of the chemicals in non-stick cookware is PFOA (perflourooctanoic acid), which is a known carcinogen (cancer causing chemical) and dangerous toxin. Exposure to this chemical has caused kidney failure, liver and pancreatic cancers, thyroid disfunction and hormonal disorders. When babies are exposed to this (through pregnancy or a breastfeeding mom) it can cause developmental delays and even SIDS.
Many people turn to cast iron to avoid non-stick cookware,however, this may not be the best choice. Cast iron cookware leaches iron into the food. If this cookware is used frequently, this can cause dangerous levels of iron in men, children and post-menopausal women.
The best choice for cookware is stainless steel. Stainless steel cookware is chemical-free and will not leach anything harmful into your food. There are also non-stick cookware options that don’t contain PFOA, including the set I own here. I switch between my stainless steel set and PFOA-free non-stick set depending on what I am cooking.