Before you reach for your favorite pan or kitchen gadget to cook your next meal, you might want to take a closer look at what it’s made from. It might surprise you that your cookware could be making you sick, or worse. In May of 2015, hundreds of scientists from various disciplines published “The Madrid Statement,” a serious warning about the dangers that poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS’s present.
Let’s face it we live in a chemical world now, and contamination is everywhere. Companies like DuPont and 3M have even been caught hiding information about the severe health risks of PFAS exposure from the public for decades, and they are still fighting lawsuits and denying culpability. The real problem is the fact that under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act a chemical does not have to be proven safe before it can be used, and with companies in charge of their own regulation, it’s no wonder that health professionals from around the world strongly recommend to avoid exposure of these chemicals as much as is possible.
The dangers of modern cookware are real, but fortunately, there are alternatives to toxic and potentially toxic cookware. Here is a list of the materials that are proven to be safe when used with food and around the kitchen.