Still Using Nonstick Cookware and Microwave Popcorn?
Remember when nonstick cookware came out in full force and it seemed like the coolest thing? Easy to wash and clean up, but the poor quality pans always scratched.
Then the debate began about all the chemicals that off-gassed while cooking foods. The higher the temperature generally led to a higher concentration of nasty compounds.
Well, with what I've been reading lately again on environmental toxins and their impact on our health, I thought it worthwhile to ask if any of you are still utilizing this type of cookware? This isn't to publicly berate you and serve as some platform for humiliation -- not at all.
But, if you by chance aren't aware that chemicals like PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) can alter your endocrine system, then I hope this short article increases your awareness.
One interesting study showed that the chemicals actually concentrate in the adrenal cortex, and to be honest we don't have a great deal of understanding what happens from there. My guess is nothing fabulous. We do know these compounds negatively impact other sex hormones, however.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21641976
Here is a solution that Dr. Mercola offers with a long, but educational sales page:http://cookware.mercola.com/ceramic-cookware.aspx
Another route of exposure to PFCs is through microwave popcorn bags. That sucks. One solution is to get rid of popcorn entirely because it generally isn't a healthy grain to begin with. Or if you still want your popcorn you may have to go back to the good ol' days of heating it over the burner on the stovetop. Just don't do it in a nonstick pan or you'll be growing a third eye by sunrise.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23158298
If you or anyone you know still using any of the above, please pass on the information.
Dr. Forrest Beck
Photo provided by WikimediaCommons and author Mk2010.