5 Dangerous Kitchen Products You Use Every Day

November 8, 2016

kitchen products

Most of us foodies are mainly wondering which foods and food products can cause cancer or heart diseases, but have you ever asked yourself – are there any kitchen utilities I use every day that can be just as hazardous for my health?

So many products we use on a daily basis to cook, bake, and store our favorite meals are actually bad for us, and nobody seems to talk about it.

Well we will.

Here’s the list of 5 kitchen products and utilities that can really put your health at risk.

1. Plastic Packaging

When it comes to storing your various foods and beverages, make sure you avoid any kind of plastic packaging. Sure, these are pretty useful, but what we usually don’t know is that hard plastics can contain BPA – a developmental, neural, and reproductive toxin.

Scientists warn that even low doses of BPA exposure can lead to:

  • cancer
  • impaired immune function
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • hyperactivity.

2. Teflon

Teflon is another rather useful product that can do wonders for your cooking skills, but it is also likely to give you cancer. Teflon coatings are made using perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which is considered to be highly carcinogenic for humans.

3. Hard Plastic Melamine Dishes

Melamine dishes made out of hard plastic are also pretty dangerous. These are actually made by combining the chemical melamine with formaldehyde.

Like perfluorooctanoic acid, formaldehyde is also a known human carcinogen. Studies have shown that formaldehyde can “leach from dishware into food”.

Scary stuff, indeed…

4. Plastic Utensils And Accessories

If you cook on a daily basis or use extreme heat to prepare your favorite meals, plastic utensils are a huge no-no!

Plastic utensils or accessories can start to melt or flake with extreme heat, while these can also wear down over time, thus causing hazardous chemicals to merge with your food.

Instead opt for:

  • wood
  • bamboo
  • silicone
  • stainless steel

5. Aluminum Cookware

We need to be extra careful with aluminum cookware since aluminum is a highly reactive metal that can end up in your food rather easily due to its softness.

Aluminum is dangerous as it has been:

  • linked to brain disorders
  • linked to behavioral abnormalities
  • marked as a toxic substance by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

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