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 the trash! Teflon is the brand name for a chemical coating known as PFOA. What is the problem with this coating? This is from About.com/cookware:
“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. http://www.ceramcor.com/
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:
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.