There has been all sorts of feedback and information on cookwares, from the all popular stainless steel, to cast iron pots to non stick and various hybrids. Cookware harm is quite unknown and handled with disbelief?
Now manufacturers don’t give your explicit information on the baddies generated by these cookwares. The good news is that there is a specialist cookware that can protect you from the contamination caused by these cook wares. Please read the excerpt below and see why you should ditch your cookware.
A recent study examined blood samples that were taken from California women at different time periods — the 1960s, the 1980s, and 2009. They were examined for the presence of 12 perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). In each time period, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) was present at the highest concentration, followed by perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:
“We found the highest levels of PFOS … and perfluorohexane sulfonate … in the 1960s samples, possibly reflecting widespread use of precursor PFCs … For PFOA, there was an approximately 10-fold increase in median concentrations from the 1960s … to the1980s … and a slight drop in the 2009 samples … For longer chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs), there was a continuous build-up in serum from the 1960s to 2009.
PFOA and Other “Non-Stick” Chemicals Could be Harming Your HealthSo what, exactly, is so dangerous about PFOA and other PFCs? As the CDC stated: “The chemical PFOA can remain in the body for long periods of time. In laboratory animals given large amounts, PFOA can affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to PFOA.”
So far the research that has been done has led to concerning findings. One study in Human Reproduction found that PFOS increased the odds of infertility anywhere from 70 to 134 percent, while PFOA was linked to a 60 to 154 percent increase in the chance of infertility. There has also been some very concerning research regarding PFOA and thyroid function. People with the highest 25% of PFOA concentrations (above 5.7ng/ml) were more than twice as likely to have thyroid disease than those with the lowest 50% of PFOA concentrations (below 4.0ng/ml).
Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in your throat area that contains thyroglobulin protein, which binds to iodine to form hormones, which in turn influence essentially every organ, tissue and cell in your body. Thyroid hormones are used by every cell of your body to regulate metabolism and body weight by controlling the burning of fat for energy and heat. Thyroid hormones are also required for growth and development in children. Thyroid disease if left untreated, can lead to heart disease, infertility, muscle weakness, osteoporosis and, in extreme cases, coma or death. Exposure to these toxic chemicals is likely one reason why thyroid disorders are becoming so widespread.
For more on the toxic effects of PFCs, read the Environmental Working Group’s report on these global contaminants. It’s based on a review of 50,000 pages of regulatory studies and government documents, internal documents from PFC manufacturers, and an examination of independent studies on PFCs. Among the health concerns noted in the report are:
|Reproductive problems||Birth defects|
|Immune system problems||Organ damage|
How Can You Avoid These Dangerous Non-Stick Chemicals?
You can keep your exposure as low as possible by avoiding (or getting rid of) products that contain PFCs. This includes:
|Non-stick cookware (choose either ceramic or glass)||Microwave popcorn||Packaging for greasy foods (including paper and cardboard packaging)|
|Stain-proof clothing||Stain-resistant carpeting||Carpet and fabric stain protectors|
|Flame retardants and products that contain them|
Don’t allow cookware harm!!
Copied from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/30/another-reason-to-ditch-your-nonstick-cookware.aspx