When preparing our healthy meals at home, the ingredients in the dishes are the main focus. But just as important are the tools we use to cook them.

Here are some cookware and utensils to avoid:

  • Nonstick pots and pans: These contain PFAs, or polyfluoroalkyl, which release harmful cancer-causing substances when heated. In addition, old nonstick pots and pans can leach lead, causing inflammation, toxicity and chronic diseases. If using nonstick, only use wooden or silicon utensils as using metal will scrap the nonstick material off and into your food.
  • Plastic containers for storage: Plastics that release into food can cause developmental issues, endocrine disruption and other illness.

Use instead:

  • Cast iron
  • Glass
  • Stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Non-stick cookware without PFOAs
  • Silicon or wooden utensils
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