Upgrading to Healthy Cookware

In the past, many people sought the convenience of non-stick cookware.  While extremely easy to clean, few people actually understood the health risks associated with using cookware with non-stick coatings, such as Teflon® which is manufactured by DuPont™.

During the 1980’s, DuPont was fined by the EPA for using a chemical, called Perfluorooctanoic Acid, in the manufacturing of fluoropolymers.  These fluoropolymers are what make the non-stick surface on modern day cookware.  The fines were only imposed on DuPont after traces of Peflourooanoic Acid began showing up in blood samples of Americans.

Even though DuPont has satisfactorily addressed the EPA concerns regarding Perfluorooctanoic Acid in its Teflon coated products, the fact remains that non-stick cookware must be used properly or the non-stick surface will begin to break down and potentially leech into the food being prepared.  For example, non-stick cookware should not be used when cooking temperatures exceed 500°F.  And according to DuPont, non-stick surfaces will begin breaking down at 660°F.  However, it is important to note that not all non-stick surfaces are created equal.  Other non-stick surfaces produced by other companies may break down before the temperatures noted above.

Another problem frequently encountered with non-stick pots and pans are loose handles.  Over time, the heating and cooling process impacts the nuts and bolts used to assemble the handles on this cookware.  And since non-stick pots and pans typically are made out of low grade steel, this type of cookware is prone to warping.  Even if the handle hardware is replaced, the uneven surface that it must mount to will often make it difficult to perform a permanent and secure repair.

Whether you have pots and pans with lose handles, or potentially toxic non-stick cookware that is flaking, it may be the perfect time to consider the health benefits of a stainless steel cookware set.  While a quality set of stainless steel pots and pans is not inexpensive by any means, stainless steel is both healthy to cook on and quite durable.  Stainless steel also evenly distributes the heat much better then other types of material.

We’ve all seen the news reports about plastics leeching harmful chemicals.  It’s unfortunate, but very little attention has been given to the cookware we use to prepare meals for those that we love.  The cookware we use prepares the food which we ultimately consume.  At least in my household, we choose to use stainless steel cookware for its safety and its durability.  If you are considering the purchase of a new cookware set, do consider how stainless steel pots and pans can offer your family the same benefits of healthy cooking as many others.

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