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Beware of Cookware

Beware of Cookware

If I were to look in your cabinet I would probably find some type of cookware made with aluminum or Teflon (non-stick) and to most people who cook, non-stick is like a god in the kitchen. You can burn grilled cheese and the grit comes right off the pan in seconds. It's awesome. And the better the pan the less cleaning one has to do. My mom is still bragging about skillet my brother bought her 3 years ago. None of the gifts we bought her compares to his skillet. But have we ever looked into the hazards materials used to create our wonderful cookware? Aluminum causes so many health risks, most countries that provide free health insurance will not allow consumers to use aluminum cookware and in the United States it is so harmful, it is a federal law not to sell aluminum bowls to feed our pets to due to the health risk. Then why do we use aluminum cookware to prepare a meal?

According to the biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine also known as NIH/NLM, aluminum is connected with neurotoxicity, Alzheimer’s disease, and breast cancer. Aside from cookware, Aluminum is the third most abundant element in the earth’s crust and occurs naturally in the environment, foodstuffs, and drinking water. It is also used in:

• Processed foods

Materials and articles such as:

• Aluminum-containing food packaging

• Aluminum foils

• Cooking utensils and baking trays

• Cosmetic products (including antiperspirants, sun creams, toothpaste) • Drugs (antacid agents).

This information is also provided by biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine.

And we still ponder the question why are we allowed to use it. Because we are human species and should do a little research before we stick it in our mouth and the information is provided on the label at the time of purchase. And if you think aluminum is bad Teflon is not the better choice when deciding to prepare a meal.

For years, we have been warned by the American Lung Association about Teflon flu but we never make the connection with our cookware. Polymer fume fever is Teflon flu which affects the respiratory system. After years of use, the Teflon begins to peel from our favorite skillet or pot and we begin to ingest it with every meal prepared in the cookware. Polymer fumes is inhaled when our pot is severely burned and this causes Polymer Fume Fever. The fumes are faint but strong enough to kill a bird. This information is also provided by biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine. The safest cookware to use is a good quality stainless steel cookware. It may cost a pretty penny but it will last you for generations. Yes. Generations. You will be able to prepare your grandkids a meal with the cookware and it won't cost you your health.

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