Do you use non-stick cookware, because you believe it is a healthier way to cook, since the quantity of oil used can almost be negligible or none at all?
Well, you would need to re-think a bit, since research has shown that the chemical PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in Teflon (commonly used in nonstick cookware) raises the risk of heart disease.
Why is PFOA an important part of non-stick cookware and products? That’s because, it is the presence of PFOA in the cookware, which allows people to use less oil.
As per the researchers, those with higher concentration of PFOA, were 78% more at risk of developing heart disease and peripheral related problems, like narrowing and hardening of arteries.
So is non-stick cookware a ‘definite’ trigger for heart disease? Researchers say that conditions ‘co-exist’. Well, it has taken millions of deaths worldwide via smoking for the health hazards for smoking to come up, so I presume it will take many more years for the PFOA warning to be issued.
This is not really the first time a research has shown that health gets compromised on using nonstick cookware.
According to the Environmental Working Group that PFOA is a ‘likely carcinogen’, meaning it could lead to cancer.
Even Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their recent report says, that the presence of PFOA can cause cancer.
Not just put you at risk for cancer and heart disease, but also many different researches have shown that even the thyroid malfunction risk goes up.
This research is of importance, as PFOA pollutes 95% of Americans. That’s a high percentage is it not? That’s because PFOA is present not just in the nonstick cookware, but in any substance which has oil repelling properties.
The worse part is, PFOA never breaks down in the environment, and so every molecule of it produced will forever be in our air, water and bodies.
It is indeed time to do a re-check of what cookware one has in the kitchen; after all it is not just your health, but your families health too. Try cookware made with cast iron or surgical steel; they are safer and they last a lifetime too, unlike the nonstick cookware, whose coating wears off after a few years.
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