I just cringe every time I hear/see someone cooking in ‘non-stick’ cookware. It’s a dirty rotten shame to spend your hard-earned money on the healthiest food, only to ruin it by cooking it in toxic cookware! (vegan-butter is also equally cringe-worthy, but that’s another post!)
What’s wrong with Non-Stick Cookware?
Non-stick cookware has become a norm in our world of ease and convenience, and has been around since 1938. It is actually very hard to find a single frying pan that isn’t non-stick in stores.
Non-stick coatings on cooking pans contain highly poisonous chemical substances and can release very harmful gases and particles when heated during everyday cooking, according to research published by the Environmental Working Group.
A synthetic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, and known as either PFOA or C8, is used in the manufacture of Teflon and non-stick pans. When Teflon or nonstick pans are heated, the coating can break apart and release toxic particles and gases. DuPont, the manufacturers of Teflon pans, has released data which shows the temperatures required to release these gases. Their results show that:
- Teflon begins to emit gases at around 464°F
- At 680°F Teflon emits up to 6 toxic gases, including 2 carcinogens, 2 global pollutants, and MFA (a chemical deadly to humans at low doses)
A test published by the Environmental Working Group shows that a Teflon pan can easily be heated to above 720°F in five minutes during the normal process of pre-heating. Teflon and non-stick coatings become more harmful the older and more scratched they become.
The Health Impact of Teflon and Non-Stick Cookware…
Although the long term impact of the chemicals and fumes released from Teflon are not fully understood, we do know that they pose a very real danger to birds, and that they can make humans ill.
‘Teflon toxicosis’ is a condition that occurs in birds when they are exposed to the gases released from Teflon. Their lungs hemorrhage, causing them to fill up with fluid which leads to suffocation. Bird owners should never use non-stick cookware or Teflon pans.
‘Polymer fume fever’ is a human reaction to the gases emitted by hot Teflon. Many people experience this condition without realizing it as its symptoms are very similar to influenza. They include fever, chills and nausea. We do not know the long term effects on humans of polymer fume fever or the exposure to Teflon coatings.
What to use instead of Teflon and Non-Stick Cookware??
We ditched our teflon & non-stick coated cookware YEARS ago, around the same time we got rid of our microwave. And we haven’t looked back. For a very long time we’ve been exclusively been using cast iron and stainless steel for cooking and I’ve even mastered the art of cooking in both types of cookware as if they were non-stick coated (check out my post on making perfect scrambled eggs in a stainless steel skillet)
However, many of you aren’t comfortable cooking in stainless steel or cast iron. And I’ve heard you loud and clear, you NEED cookware that’s fool-proof! You want all the convenience of a non-stick coated pan without the toxic coatings, right??
It took me months of research, but I’ve finally found you the perfect non-stick, coated cookware that is totally, 100% healthy for cooking, Xtrema Ceramic Coated Cookware!
I’ve personally been using Xtrema Ceramic Coated Cookware in my kitchen since July and I’m totally impressed! This cookware makes cooking eggs fool-proof for sure.
Here’s a little video I took of a sunny-side up egg I fried — See how nicely it slides around?? It’s cooked with just a little butter. One very important tip for cooking in your Xtrema Cookware is to pre-heat your skillet for 1-2 minutes over low heat THEN add in a little fat. This allows the surface of the skillet to become sealed with the fats, ensuring that the food (egg) doesn’t stick. This technique is also important with any other natural based cookware (stainless, cast iron, etc)
Now I’m sure you’re wondering what makes Xtrema Ceramic Coated Cookware so fantastic, right??
Our cookware is the healthiest cookware on the planet. Our Xtrema ceramic products are 100% Green, 100% Non Toxic, 100% Safe, and 100% Healthy; they contain no PFOA coating, produce no PFOA gas or odors and contain no heavy metals, lead or cadmium. We have independent worldwide labs testing our products at all times and we guarantee our products’ health and safety. We have done extensive leaching tests on our cookware; we leach no lead and cadmium or any heavy metals of any kind and meet all California Prop 65 Testing Standards. We publish our test results on our web site and we know of no other cookware company anywhere in the world that provides that level of accountability.
In addition to the health benefits of Xtrema Ceramic Coated Cookware, it’s also very easy to use. It CANNOT be SCRATCHED, not even with metal utensils. It is extremely durable and can be used in the oven, on the grill and under the broiler in addition to regular stove top cooking.
And I’m so excited that my friends over at Xtrema are so kind as to provide one lucky winner with one of their 9.5 inch Omelet Skillets (the same one I have and LOVE!)