If you love cooking, one of your favorite kitchen items is probably your non-stick cookware. If you use your non-stick pots and pans on a daily basis, you may unknowingly be exposing your family to hidden dangers. That's because non-stick cookware is made using a carcinogenic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which starts emitting toxic fumes that you inhale every time you cook with a non-stick pot or pan!
Why Teflon cookware shouldn't be in your kitchen
If you have not read about the harmful effects of Teflon, we will briefly state the reasons why you should avoid it:
- 1.Teflon does not tolerate the temperature at which food is prepared. When heating Teflon pans at 240-350 ° C it releases toxic fumes.
At these temperatures, it is releasing large amounts of fluorinated acid, tetrafluoroethylene and heksafluorpropena and tiny nanoparticles Teflon.
For even greater temperature (which can be achieved,with leaving an empty pan on the fire just 3 minutes), are released even more harmful poisons perfluorizobuten and carbonyl fluoride.
Tetrafluoroethylene, perfluoroktanska acid and perfluorizobuten are carcinogens and are ten times more toxic than conventional chemicals phosgene and monofluoroctene acid that can cause death in low concentrations.
- Teflon is a product of the polymer industry, which during World War II is used in the production of nuclear bombs.
- CFC compounds containing PTFE are toxic and not biodegradable, however, eventually accumulate in the environment.
- PFC disrupts hormonal balance in the body, can cause many types of cancer, damage the immune system and prevents the normal development of the fetus.
Smart choice is to throw out teflon dishes from the kitchen. But what to replace it? Which are healthy dishes, and which is not? And thus what to replace the pan for pancakes? !!
Today in supermarkets you can see white and colored pans with ceramic-stick coating. They look very attractive and seems like a healthy alternative to Teflon cookware.
Unfortunately, although they say that they are environmentally friendly and healthy, this is far from the truth.
Why are pans with ceramic coating a poor substitute for Teflon
Pans with ceramic-stick coating appeared recently on the market.
Their production is possible thanks to advances in technology.
The first thing that concerns is the use of adhesives.
We asked manufacturers how this adhesive behavior at high temperatures and scratches and that amount of adhesive that is released into the food. We did not get the answer.
But what really worries us is the use of nanoparticles.
The problem is that nanotechnology is a completely new branch of science. Nanoproducts began to sell without spending additional research and monitoring.
It is not entirely clear how nanoparticles act on our health and the environment.
We started to use the washing machine, antibacterial socks and cosmetics with nano silver.
Then we realized that silver nanoparticles enter the environment and alter the natural balance of microorganisms in nature.
Manufacturers should answer the following questions: How many nanoparticles are released into the air? How many food is ingested? How do they behave in the body?
Results of research on the action of nanoparticles on the human body and the environment is concerned. It has been found that nanoparticles behave very aggressively.
It seems that nanoparticles are more reactive and more toxic than other materials because of their small size and increased reactivity. ( ETC Group )
Nanoparticles quickly enter into our bodies. they are movable and therefore the immune system does not recognize them.
- particle size of 70 nanometers are stored deep in our lungs,
- particle size of 50 nanometers freely enter our cells,
- particle size of 30 nanometers cross the blood-brain barrier and enter the brain
Aluminum Cookware - Aluminum cookware is not desirable due to the Alzheimer’s and aluminum toxicity connection.
If you will notice, your aluminum foil has a dull side and a shiny side. The dull side is a protective coating that separates the aluminum foil from contact with your food. The shiny side is unprotected. Thus, the dull side should always surround food items.
On the toxic cookware page  you have a statement about aluminum foil that says the dull side of the foil contains a coating and that side should surround food items. This is wrong. The dull and shinny sides are due to the manufacturing process where in the last pass in making the foil thinner, where two sheets of foil are passed between 2 rollers to make them thinner. The sides that touch the rollers become shinny and the sides in the middle of the 2 sheets become the dull side. There is no protection coating.
However, there are some aluminum foils that are considered non stick which do have a coating that is placed between the 2 sheets on the final pass between the rollers. In this type of foil, the coating would be on the dull side and is intended to go against the food. Now I have no idea if this coating is safe or would be safer than the aluminum itself as I could not find out what chemicals are involved in that process. Reynolds says it's a "proprietary food-safe coating"  but I will not trust the manufacture if it is not willing to disclose the chemicals involved.- from John M. Camary (10/12/15)
Does this sound harmless?
A healthy alternative to Teflon pans and Nanoceramic
The question remains: what to replace the Teflon cookware?
Cookware stainless steel, high-quality enamel cookware, glass, clay and ceramic dishes (not nanoceramic!) Are excellent and healthy dishes for preparing food.
As for baking pancakes and other sticky foods, the best results were achieved by a cast iron frying pan (cast iron), which distributes heat evenly and allow you to prepare food without sticking.
These pans are slightly longer warm and relatively heavy, but they are very easy to wash and are healthy.
Our recommendations are pans made of cast iron with enamel glaze that have shown excellent results when baking.
This pottery has a long tradition and many professional cooks in it and deservedly is considered the best, healthiest and most reliable dishes.