Why Nonstick Cookware is Harming Your Health

Why Nonstick cookware is harming your healthToday’s guest post comes from Alex from Caretactics.  This is a subject that is close to my heart having recently begun the search for non toxic pans.  I have tried cast iron pans but I just can’t get used to them, so I bought a ceramic pan and I have fallen in love with it.  It is completely non stick meaning I don’t even have to use any oil, my food cooks perfectly and they are so easy to wash!  Soon I’m going to get myself a full set like this.  I really think it’s worth the investment for my health. 

I love to cook. I make meals from scratch almost every day. With all that time in the kitchen, I have come to learn which cooking tools I love and which ones I’d be better off without. The number one cookware item that is never allowed in my apartment is the nonstick pan.

If you use nonstick cookware every day and still consider it to be a much-loved part of your kitchen, I’m sorry to break it to you, but it is harming your health. Read on to find out why.

Why is nonstick cookware dangerous?

If you use nonstick pots and pans regularly, you’re probably exposing yourself and your family to toxic fumes. Nonstick cookware coating is manufactured using perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which is a carcinogenic chemical. The finished nonstick coating itself is called polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). PTFE is more commonly known by the trademark name Teflon.

When you heat up PTFE coated pots and pans, PFOA can be released in the form of toxic fumes. Inhaling PFOA fumes can cause health problems such as testicular, pancreatic, mammary or liver tumors, abnormal hormone levels and thyroid damage.

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What type of cookware do I use?

1. Cast iron

I love my cast iron skillets. I have three different sizes, and I use the large one for cooking dinner at least three to four times a week. They can be a little tough to clean, but if you care for them properly, they’ll last pretty much forever. When cooking with quality fats and oils, your pan will become seasoned and food won’t stick to it. Plus, you get the added bonus of adding a little bit of iron to your diet. Find cast iron cookware here.

Enameled Cast Iron is also safe to cook with, colorful, long lasting and more nonstick than plain cast iron.

2. Stainless steel

My second favorite type of cookware is stainless steel. I have a small stainless steel pot, a large stainless steel stockpot and a stainless steel frying pan. Stainless steel is somewhat heavy duty and is a much safer metal to use for cooking than aluminum.

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3. Ceramic

Crock pots/ slow cookers are made of glazed ceramic or porcelain. The slow cooker is another beloved favorite in my kitchen. The glaze makes ceramic cookware nonstick as well. Just make sure you do a little research before purchasing to make sure your brand doesn’t use glaze that contains lead. It’s unlikely that ceramics made in the USA will use lead glaze, but better safe than sorry.  Here is a great set of ceramic pans to get you started. 

4. Glass

Glass doesn’t leach any wacky ingredients into your food. I have a set of Made in the USA glass bowls that work well for mixing ingredients, cooking and storing leftovers. I also like to bake in my glass casserole pan.

But I can’t give up nonstick frying pans. Is there such thing as PFOA/PTFE-free frying pans?

Yes! Luckily people are waking up to the dangers of traditional nonstick cookware and creating safer options. There are several different brands of safe nonstick cookware available that claim to use environmentally friendly and nontoxic nonstick technology.





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Thanks for reading! I’m Alex from Caretactics, where I blog about natural living, real food, mindfulness and wellness. My goal is to use my writing to share information that will lead you to improve the world by caring about others, the environment and yourself. I believe in the healing power of real food and have a love for all things natural.


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