Why Choose Safe Cookware?
Why Choose Safe Cookware?
Are you still using old Teflon pans that have been scratched over the years revealing the pan's metal? If so, you may want to read this blog. I know, you like non-stick pans and so do I. The problem with the Teflon pans is they contain a synthetic man-made chemical known as PFOA’s, which is an acronym for perfluorooctanoic acid. They also contain a chemical named for Teflon PTFE also known as Polytetrafluoroethylene. Say that 3-times fast. Both of these chemicals are extremely harmful to humans.
A little about PFOA… You can find out more information on our Learn More Page, but this chemical is nasty. Exposure has been associated with increased cholesterol and uric acid levels. Recently higher serum levels of PFOA were found to be associated with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease in the general United States population, consistent with earlier animal studies. Recently, scientists have found great concern as levels of PFOA have been commonly found in many humans across the globe and concerns abound how exposure to PFOA could affect people’s health.
A study in the Human Reproduction journal confirmed some very real concerns with the product. This study established a link between PFOA, (the chemical in Teflon), and reproductive health in women. According to Enviroblog (the blog of the Environmental Working Group), "PFOA is also linked to birth defects, increased cancer rates and changes to lipid levels, the immune system and liver!
PTFE known as Teflon is used as a non-stick coating for pans. Within a short amount of time on a stove, the cookware can exceed recommended temperatures. If the pan is over-heated, the Teflon coating breaks down into PFIB (Perfluoroisobutene), which is extremely toxic. In fact, this chemical was used as nerve gas in WWII.
Still on the sideline? Here are some interesting facts… In 2004, the EPA took administrative action against DuPont (manufacturer of Teflon), accusing the company of failing to report risk of injury to human health and to the environment due to exposure of PFOA between the periods of 1981 to 2001. Consequently, in 2005 DuPont paid a $10.25 million settlement for violating federal environmental statutes. In 2006, the EPA launched a PFOA stewardship program, inviting the 8 major fluoropolymer and telomer manufacturers to participate in eliminating the use of PFOA from emissions and product content by 2015.
So what to choose? Well, you have several options…
Ceramic Coated Cookware
This cookware is coming on strong. Ceramic coating materials are inorganic, non-metallic materials that are processed and used at high temperatures. They are made by slowly baking a mixture of ceramic powder and water or solvent onto a base of stainless steel or aluminum, making a non-stick ceramic coating. Some people have raised concerns about the aluminum possible leaching through the ceramic coating over time, but so far clinical tests have come back positive. Another added element that we like is, many of our manufactures produce these pans using a 100% Eco-friendly process that emits no harmful chemicals or gases into the atmosphere!
This is the original non-stick cookware. I remember grandma’s cast iron fry pan. It was completely black (that’s flavor) and perfectly seasoned. I wish I had inherited it! Anyway, cast iron has many wonderful eco-friendly qualities. It is strong and durable and will last several lifetimes. This means it won't end up in our landfills. It is naturally non-stick, and it is nutrient rich. It emits small amounts of iron into your food. It is easy to clean just by adding a little hot water and a stiff brush. Best of all, it cooks evenly. You can’t go wrong with cast iron! (It might be a little heavy for some people)
This may surprise you but it has a low carbon footprint. Stainless steel is a mixture of several different metals, including nickel, chromium and molybdenum. Some reports indicate that small amounts of nickel can leach into the food if the pan is damaged but in extremely low quantities. Here are some great eco-friendly qualities about stainless steel cookware. It is extremely durable and will last for decades. It is 100% recyclable. It is easy to clean, no harsh cleaners needed, just a good soaking. Stainless steel cookware is considered some of the safest and best cookware available.
Other than looking beautiful, copper cookware has some great qualities. Just like cast iron and stainless steel, copper cookware is extremely durable. It is pricey so you may want to put it in your will for future generations to enjoy. It is very energy efficient and an excellent heat conductor. Copper could be toxic so it is usually coated with stainless steel or tin to enjoy that even heat distribution copper offers. World-renowned chefs use copper cookware to control the temperature of delicate sauces and dishes.
Cooking with safe cookware is essential for living a healthy lifestyle. The foods we consume and the vessels we use to prepare the food are very important to optimal health. There are many choices, styles and price points to choose from!
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I am very interested in purchasing a waffle maker, but I can't deal with sticking and all the mess that goes with it. Is the ceramic coated waffle maker non-stick? Thank you.
Yes, It is made with non-stick ceramic. Thank you!