Because the kitchen is the place in which you cook food, it’s supposed to be one of the cleanest and safest place in your household. Sadly, for most homes this isn’t the case.
In fact the most common cookware can be dangerous to our health if not handled properly.
1. Copper pots
Known for their ability to maintain temperature and conduct heat, copper pots and pans are chefs’ favorite cookware. But acidic food can corrode the copper lining, which can also leech into the food.
2. Plastic cutting board
Plastic cutting boards may be sturdier than wood, but they’re more susceptible to cuts, which can harbor bacteria. That’s why it’s important to clean plastic cutting boards properly by using chlorine-water solution or by running it through hot water. If your plastic cutting board has too many cuts, it’s time to replace it.
It’s important to use wooden cutting boards and other BPA-free kitchenware (photo: dreamstime)
3. Plastic cooking utensils
When left in high temperatures, plastic utensils can melt and release harmful chemicals and gasses into the food. Wooden and steel utensils are much safer alternatives.
4. Plastic containing BPA
BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used in the manufacturing of plastics, and research shows that it has significant effects on fetuses and newborns. When buying plastic products, make sure to check the bottom and buy only those that have a BPA-free label.
5. Scratched stainless steel
Stainless steel is a versatile material, but it is not at all scratch resistant. Once scratched, it releases minerals such as iron, chromium, and nickel into food. Although these materials aren’t toxic in small amounts, they can cause health problems if too much accumulates in the body.
Good kitchenware alternatives to make sure your family stays healthy and happy
Aside from steering clear of plastic utensils, chopping boards as well as BPA kitchenware, it would also greatly help to go for Teflon and Aluminum pans with 100% non-toxic ceramic coating when cooking meals. Not only do they make sure your food is cooked perfectly, they help you protect your family from harmful chemicals that could potentially pose health risks in the long run. Preparing healthy meals means making sure the materials you use are healthy, too!
TEFAL Dark Ruby Casserole is made of 100% non-toxic ceramic coating, as well as teflon and a sturdy aluminum base (photo courtesy of TEFAL)
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