Non-toxic Cookware

I have covered the topic of toxic cookware briefly in the past, but I wanted to update the information. First of all, if you still are using Teflon coated cookware, toss it in cookwarethe trash! Teflon is the brand name for a chemical coating known as PFOA. What is the problem with this coating? This is from

“The resulting products contain no or only trace amounts of PFOA, and the Environmental Protection Agency does not have enough information about the product to suggest that using the products could cause a health risk or concern.

However, because this chemical is used in the manufacturing process, it has been found in low levels in the environment and even in the bloodstream of a sample of the U.S. population. It has been found to affect the development of laboratory animals, as well as other adverse effects on their health.”

That is good enough for me. Run. Run away from the Teflon.

Like a lot of my advice, I suggest you do things the way your grandma did. Ask your mom or grandma for her iron skillet if possible.  The iron skillets of today are not the same as the old ones. Keep your eyes peeled at estate sales or pawn shops for these gems.

I have ceramic cookware. This is what I have and I LOVE it.

I originally purchased this same cookware on Dr. Mercola’s website, but this is the exact same thing (private labeled for Dr. Mercola’s website) at a better price.


The benefits of the Xtrema cookware, from their site:

“Xtremely Safe:

Lead and Cadmium and Heavy Toxic Metal Free.  PFOA & PTFE Free with no unsafe non-stick coating. 

Xtreme High Temperature:

Our All Natural 100% Ceramic Cookware Can Withstand Temperatures of 2,700 F; Metal Cookware Can Melt at 2,200 F

In addition to the cookware, I purchased the ceramic tea kettle from this company. I not only make tea with the kettle, but I heat the water for my French press for my coffee. That way I avoid heating water in a traditional coffee maker which typically has a plastic reservoir.  Heating water in plastic could release more chemicals into your water. Yuck.

Happy cooking!



Author: Lauren

Plant-based educator and speaker

7 thoughts on “Non-toxic Cookware”

  1. Lauren, here they have some stone skillets that we started using when we got rid of the teflon. They SEEM to be safer……hope so! I also hope you are doing well! Take care, Diana.

  2. Hi Lauren- we are still looking for our perfect pan. 😦 Have tried non-sticks but like you said we realized they aren’t good. We tried stainless steel skillets, iron skillets & ceramic cookware but food tends to stick too much and becomes difficult to get rid of- any suggestions you might have for us?

    1. I have to admit that as much as I love my ceramic cookware for cooking and sauteing, it is not great when I am trying to make something like pancakes or french toast. Is that what you mean? I too am still in search of that, but I just kind of suffer through with what I have. The ceramic is great for everything else. Let me know if you find something good!

    2. I just happened to see a Lodge iron skillet in Homegoods yesterday and bought it. I have scoured the internet and cannot find anything “wrong” with it. I am about to take the label off and wash it. I know you said you tried iron and did not like it. Have you tried this brand? Any thoughts?

      1. Oh that’s great. We’ve been using the lodge cast iron skillet for sometime now and love it. It takes a bit of time to season but it gets you the crispest veggies and meat in no time! 🙂 but I must say we are a bit vary of using it everyday- we don’t know how safe it is it cook on a cast iron everyday, can it lead to too much iron content in your food is whT we are concerned about. But to use it a few times a week it’s a good buy.

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