Are you still using metal or non-stick pans for cooking? If so, did you know you may be exposing yourself, your family, and even your pets to potentially dangerous chemicals, both directly and indirectly, with the potentially dangerous fumes these types of cookware can release?
Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are used to create the slippery surfaces of non-stick or Teflon-coated pans. Unfortunately, PFAS are fluorinated chemicals that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found to be “likely carcinogens.”
When heated, non-stick cookware and bakeware release a related chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, that is linked to thyroid disease, infertility, organ damage, and developmental and reproductive problems in lab animals.
Toxic Gases Potentially Hazardous for You, Your Family, and Your Pets
Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much heating to create a potentially dangerous situation for you and your family. Hazardous toxins are produced after only two to five minutes of heating the pan. At 464 degrees Fahrenheit, the coating on non-stick cookware begins to break down and release toxins into the air.
Even scientific studies by the manufacturer of non-stick pans found that their cookware released 15 different types of toxic gases and particles. More than 200 scientists from 40 countries have signed the Madrid Statement, which warns of the hazards presented by PFASs.
Heating non-stick pans to high temperatures can be dangerous for your pets, too. The gas released from Teflon-coated pans is highly toxic to pet birds. If you’re preparing pet food in non-stick pans, keep in mind that toxicity effects can show up in your pet’s body earlier before yours because of their smaller size.
How About Aluminum and Stainless Steel Cookware – Are They Any Better?
While non-stick pans are likely the most popular choice in cookware today, stainless steel, aluminum, and cast iron pans are right behind them in popularity. Are they any safer to use?
Stainless steel accounts for a full third of U.S. cookware sales. These popular pans are made with alloys that contain nickel, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, and other metals. One concern with stainless steel is that the metal may not be as inert as many people believe, thereby potentially exposing you to the metal itself.
Stainless pans often have copper bottoms for more even heat distribution. While copper may be fine for an outer pan lining, never use a pan that uses copper for the cooking surface. Copper can leach out and potentially cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
Aluminum pans are of particular concern for everyday use. A reactive metal, aluminum reacts with salty and acidic foods and may release itself into your food during cooking or baking.
Ceramic cookware isn’t new. Their use dates back thousands of years to the ancient Greeks and Chinese. Although much more rudimentary than today’s ceramic cookware, even those living in America as far back as the 1600s used ceramic pots and pans. The Industrial Age introduced the manufacturing of metal and aluminum pots, which largely replaced pottery and ceramic pans.
As Americans became more aware of how their lifestyles impacted the environment in the 1960s and 1970s, ceramic cookware returned to the marketplace. This “green” choice in cookware caught on with environmentally conscious consumers. Decades later, consumers began focusing on ceramic cookware’s other benefits – its health benefits.
Authentic ceramic cookware, like my Mercola Healthy Chef Ceramic Cookware, is not made using PFOA. Nor does it contain any metals like lead, cadmium, aluminum, copper, nickel, chromium, iron, or any other heavy metals.
A true ceramic pan or dish will be made only with water and inorganic materials and minerals from the earth’s crust. Because it doesn’t contain any metals, a ceramic pan is non-reactive and non-toxic. No odors or gases release into the air even when heated to extremely high temperatures.
Unlike the PFAS in non-stick cookware, ceramic pans are not associated with any ill effects on your thyroid, liver and other organs, brain, immune system, hormone levels, cholesterol levels, and weight. Ceramic cookware is safer for you, your family, your pets, and the environment.
The Benefits of Ceramic Cookware
There are many benefits of ceramic cookware, both for your health and for cooking. However, you must be sure you’re getting true ceramic cookware without toxic coatings or metals, or the same hazards may apply.
Mercola Healthy Chef Ceramic Cookware offers these unique benefits for your health:
- No trace metals or dangerous chemicals leach from the cooking surface to affect the flavor of your food or your health.
- No toxic or harsh chemical coating to flake off into your food.
- Can withstand temperatures as high as 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. (steel melts at 2,200 degrees)
However, you need to know that you may not be able to trust all ceramic cookware to have these same benefits.
When many people think of ceramic, they think of pottery. The ceramic used in the Mercola Ceramic Cookware is more like a common brick, which is also kiln-fired ceramic. Both are durable, sturdy, and long lasting.
Pottery, on the other hand, tends to be weaker and more brittle. It is not like true ceramic cookware. Much of it is intended for decorative purposes and not designed to withstand high oven temperatures or everyday use. Imported pottery can also contain high levels of lead that can leach into your food when heated.
Beware of Lead-Containing Glazes
Ceramic cookware is typically glazed to help it withstand wear and corrosion from acidic foods like tomatoes. These glazes can contain traces of cadmium or lead, both potentially harmful chemicals if absorbed into your body.
The Mercola Healthy Chef Ceramic Cookware is glazed with a patented bacteria-resistant nano-glaze that is non-reactive and non-toxic. No chemicals are released into the air or your food during cooking or baking.
Also, keep in mind that ceramic-coated pans aren’t the same as a solid ceramic pan. These are basically metal pans that are dipped or sprayed with a chemical-based polymer or plastic solution. These surfaces aren’t sturdy or resistant to wear. With use, the surface breaks down, shedding potentially dangerous traces of toxic metals like arsenic into your food. They last about one year before food begins to stick.
That’s not the case with Mercola Healthy Chef Ceramic Cookware. You don’t inhale or ingest any toxic metals or dangerous chemicals. Plus, they carry a 50-year limited warranty!
Besides being better for your health, Mercola Healthy Chef Ceramic Cookware have unique qualities that make cooking, baking, and cleanup a breeze.
The Cooking and Baking Benefits of Ceramic Cookware
Many people, once they try cooking with ceramic cookware, realize it has many other benefits over other types of cookware and bakeware.
The main difference between ceramic cookware and other cookware is that while ceramic cookware can take a little longer to heat up for even cooking, it retains its heat longer and more efficiently. That can mean savings in both time and energy.
Mercola Healthy Chef Cookware produces a far-infrared heating process to cook your food, rather than traditional surface heat only. This penetrating heat process cooks your food from both the inside and outside at the same time, creating even more potential savings in time and energy.
The impenetrable nano-glaze on the surface of the Healthy Chef Cookware pans prevents staining from food and won’t absorb food flavors. Plus you can’t harm the surface of ceramic pans – they are tough enough to endure even a steel wool pad!
Ceramic pans are also easy to clean. Because they are nearly non-stick, you’re not left with burned on food messes. They can be washed either by hand or in the dishwasher.
More Versatile Than Traditional Pans – Another Good Reason to Use Ceramic Cookware Every Day of the Year
Why use ceramic cookware for daily use? Ceramic cookware is made to go directly from your oven to your refrigerator and then to your freezer without cracking. Imagine trying to do that with glass cookware or bakeware!
Plus you can use high-quality ceramic cookware on glass or gas stovetops, in the oven, or under the broiler. Mercola Healthy Chef Cookware is designed to withstand temperatures as high as 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit!
Unlike regular pans, ceramic cookware is attractive to use. It looks good on your stovetop and it looks stunning on your table. There’s no need to use extra dishes for serving your food or to bring out your Sunday best for guests.
At Mercola.com you’ll also find an 11-piece Ceramic Soup Pot Set to match the 16-piece Ceramic Cookware Set – a simply elegant way to serve soups, chowders, and stews, yet practical enough for everyday use.
Investing in a set of high-quality ceramic cookware like Mercola Healthy Chef Cookware is a wise choice. They’ll provide you with years of service and can help turn cooking healthy foods into the enjoyable task it’s meant to be.
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