The importance of the kitchen in a house can never be overemphasized. It is the powerhouse where no one can do without. It is your most important office as a lady.
On the other hand, eating good quality food is one of the most important things we can do for our health, but it can really add up in cost. Unfortunately, many of us spend extra money to eat healthy food but don’t realize that we are still cooking and packaging it with toxic equipment otherwise known as kitchen toxins.
Here are the five kitchen toxins to banish from your home this weekend;
1. Cleaning products:
Most cleaning solutions are a common disconnect in healthy living circles. Thus, many of us will fork out for organic veggies yet still rely on the name-brand cleaners we are used to, probably for no other reason than the fact that we grew up with them. We often get carried away by their perfumes with cleanliness and don’t believe that surfaces are properly without them. Some of these should be banished.
2. Nonstick pans:
Nonstick pan is the pinnacle of convenience, but it’s not worth the toxic trade-off. The Teflon coating is made with a carcinogenic chemical called PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) which can emit fumes when heated. Besides, this coating is notorious for flaking and peeling off over time; this is definitely something you do not want to consume.
3. Plastics — beyond BPA:
Bisphenol-A or BPA is the most notorious plastic toxin. It was recently banned from products geared toward babies and young children due to its hormone-disrupting properties. Although buying a BPA-free water bottle doesn’t mean that you are safe.
Silicone is that bendy and colorful material that has become ubiquitous in kitchens in recent years, partially because we consider it to be nontoxic. However, research has it that it may leach chemicals at extreme temperatures, such as when used for baking or when frozen.
5. Aluminum and stainless steel:
Although these metals are often considered safe and inert, there are actually a few concerns to take into consideration. Aluminum is a soft metal which has been linked to brain disorders. Research has it that measurable amounts can leach into food when it is used for cooking.
With new chemicals added into consumer markets on a yearly basis, it’s no wonder that testing is often lacking, and potentially dangerous products make their way into our homes. Therefore, you should be aware of these kitchen toxins and banish them from your home this weekend!
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