If you want a more healthy living, get rid of the existing toxins from your own kitchen!
Think of the time you are spending with just choosing and prepping the most nutritious food for your family, not knowing that the products you usually use in cooking, baking, storing and eating your food with may put your family’s health in danger. Mind that most of the kitchenware products you use like every day are commonly found with materials such as BPA, Teflon, lead, aluminum, phthalates, and melamine which are known to be endangering your health. Now, how can you be able to say that you are safe in your own kitchen? Well, prefer alternatives!
- Begin avoiding the usage of plastics as possible when it comes to food and beverage. Due to the chemicals which plastics were made, specifically BPA (bisphenol A), even the lowest dose of it have been found to cause cancers, impaired immune function, early puberty, diabetes, hyperactivity and obesity. (Learn more about BPA and EA (estrogenic activity here).
- If you really prefer using plastic in the kitchen, choose BPA-free, PVC- free plastic #2 (High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)), #4 (Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)), and #5 (Polypropylene (PP)) for these mentioned plastics were found safer than any other plastics.
- Don’t heat in the microwave. Know that those plastics which are labeled with “microwave-safe” only mean that they won’t actually melt but with the extreme heat of the oven, it’ll increase transference of chemicals.
- Don’t store fatty, greasy or acidic foods in plastics, and avoid using already scratched, cloudy or broken plastics for your food and beverages, again, chemicals gonna leach that easily.
- Wash plastics with your own hands to avoid wearing and possibly tearing it.
- Avoid the usage of hard plastic melamine dishes for they are made by combining the chemical melamine with formaldehyde. (Note that formaldehyde is considered a human carcinogen and studies state that they can leach from kitchenware into food).
- Use more stable materials for utensils and accessories such as bamboo, wood, stainless steel or silicone replacing your plastic version of them when cooking. They may melt or flake due to the extreme heat or wear down over time causing the chemicals to migrate into food.
- Use glass, 304 grade stainless steel, and food-grade silicone when it comes to food storage. They don’t leach chemicals into your food. Bamboo or wood (coated with a food-safe, non-toxic finish) and ceramic (with lead free glaze) works well too for they are safer.
- Get rid ofTeflon and any other chemical non-stick coatings. Know that Teflon is a coating produced with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), also considered a human carcinogen. What’s making it a bit frightening is that when heated, your cookware coated with Teflon and other synthetic non-stick surfaces emit fumes that can even kill birds and possibly sicken people, even worse when overheated.
- Take precautions using your aluminum cookwares. Know that aluminum has been linked to brain disorders, as well as behavioral abnormalities and definitely considered a toxic substance. And since it is soft and a highly reactive metal, that it can transfer in measurable amounts into foods when used in cooking. That’s why, many have switched from aluminum to anodized aluminum. But still, it’s not the safest choice for cookware because even though it was treated and dipped into a chemical bath to make it a more durable layer so it can’t easily leach into food, the anodization can break down over the time.
- Glass, 304 stainless steel, cast iron and ceramic cookware, the safest materials for cookware and bakeware.
- Non-toxic cleaning products instead of using bleach, dyes, synthetic fragrances and ammonia.
- Avoid using abrasive materials with stainless steel cookware frequently for when they are deeply scratched and pitted, they can cause nickel and chromium to transfer to your food in measurable amounts. Though they are not that really toxic elements, not so much of concern then unless you have a specific allergy or sensitivity with it. But just for the sake of being safe, let’s cut that out.
It’s not always easy to find the rightest solution for a problem or the smartest way to route things up back to where it supposed to be. All we have to do is to make small steps, and another step until we can able to leap higher. Just like in our own kitchen, if we really want to get rid of the existing toxins from our kitchen, maybe following what we’ve mentioned above can really help. It can never be easy, like do them all in a single act, but performing them one at a time will do. So, get yourself up and don’t tolerate toxins to just be freely get accessed inside your kitchen, instead remove them all and practice healthy living approach.