Why I Avoid Non-Stick Cookware and Pans | Lifestyle Tips by Antoaneta

Widely used and popular, non-stick pans and appliances are a staple in any modern kitchen. A lot of families swear by their non-stick cookware. And let’s be real — what’s not to like? You don’t have to use special methods to avoid sticking, you can cook using less oil or fat, and the clean-up process is so much easier for it! So, if you don’t need to add processed fats or oils and they don’t require chemical-heavy cleaning afterwards, they must automatically be the healthy choice, right?

Wrong!

Actually, non-stick cookware is made using chemicals and substances that have been deemed detrimental to our health. If you’ve been following the health and wellness topic online, you must’ve heard of the somewhat recent Teflon debacle. Ever since researchers have linked the Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (which we’ll refer to as PFAS for short from now on) to health problems, Teflon has been using Generation X (or GenX for short) — a different non-stick chemical.

Why You Should Stay Away from Teflon

If you are somewhat new to the green lifestyle, you might’ve missed all the fuss around Teflon, and that’s understandable. Allow me to quickly summarise the situation.

The Health Implications

“Okay, but what are the actual downsides of using products containing these chemicals? My meals barely spend any time in the pan after I’m done with cooking. It’s not like I’m chewing on the cookware itself now, am I?”.

  • Diabetes
  • Behavioural changes in infants and children
  • Impacts on child growth and learning
  • Pregnancy chance reduction
  • Damage to the immune system

What to Avoid

I’ve chosen to avoid any cookware, labelled as “non-stick”, even if it is marketed as PFOA-free. All of the currently used replacement chemicals on the non-stick market are dangerous, and until researchers say otherwise, I’m not willing to risk the health of my family. On top of that, if I were you, I’d think twice before going for:

  • Aluminum Cookware — aluminium pans and pots have been almost entirely phased out, and for a good reason — it can easily leak into your food. Not only that, but some researches have shown aluminium to possess suspected neurotoxic effects.

What to Buy

“Okay, so if most of the widespread cookware is dangerous, what should I go for?”

  • Stainless Steel — a tad more expensive than cast iron, stainless steel cookware is both safe and built to last.
  • Glass — even though glass cooking sets tend to be less temperature resistant than their metal counterparts, they still come in handy and come in shapes and sizes for all types of cooking!
  • How well and often you wash your cookware, utensils and appliances
  • What solutions you use in the clean-up process

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