1. Teflon Coated Cookware
Have you seen those smooth, soft, and slippery pots and pans in your kitchen? These are every kitchen’s favorite as they don’t let the food to stick to the surface. Of course, they are easy to clean , they don’t require dollops of liquid soap to get rid of the food glued to the bottom.
But most of us are unaware of the underlying hazards of the Teflon coating. Teflon, also known as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is a synthetic polymer.
This coating on the utensils releases toxic fumes when heated for too long. It causes flu-like symptoms, and increases the risk of high cholesterol, thyroid dysfunction, and infertility .
Also, nonstick cookware can easily seep other toxic elements into the food. Adding to the Pandora’s Box, the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that is used to make Teflon has carcinogenic properties
2. Aluminum Coated Cookware
We don’t blame you if you have let the aluminum vessel sit in your kitchen, like, forever now. After all, it is the most abundantly available metal that is strong, keeps the food warm, is versatile, and lightweight.
But, aluminum has been found to have a strong influence on humans as it causes Alzheimer’s disease . Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that will only contribute to an ongoing disease or toxicity
3. Shiny Copper Utensils
Copper cookware is the choice of many because of its conductive properties. As the trend has it, take a stroll down the supermarket and you will see shelves flooded with copper bottles, copper mugs, copper utensils, and all things copper.
You will also hear a couple of salesmen telling you that it is great for your health. Next time you hear any of that trumpery, show them this piece of information:
When copper cookware that isn’t coated is heated, it leaves huge amounts of toxic copper in the food. This can lead to heavy metal poisoning. Even a nickel coating is highly dangerous.
4. Ceramic-Coated Cookware
Buying ceramic cookware is a little tricky. It’s all fancy and durable, but it is safe only when it is 100 percent ceramic. Cookware that boasts of a ceramic coat starts chipping.
The lead and cadmium in the coating seep into the food, thus leading to food poisoning. You definitely don’t want to end up with headaches, abdominal pains, and fertility issues.