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Best Types Of Non Toxic Cookware?

I agree with Dr. Axe regarding the dangers of certain types of cookware as there is some transfer of the chemicals on the surface of the cookware into our food. While I admire Dr. Axes slick professional approach to his blog (I am sure he has a whole marketing team to help with this) & some of his information is good - but not all of it.  He is correct in saying that non stick, Teflon coated cookware is carcinogenic and always contains a manmade chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C8. The American Cancer Society says:

Studies in the lab

"In studies done in the lab, animals are exposed to a substance (often in very large doses) to see if it causes tumors or other health problems. Researchers might also expose human cells in a lab dish to the substance to see if it causes the types of changes that are seen in cancer cells.

Studies in lab animals have found exposure to PFOA increases the risk of certain tumors of the liver, testicles, mammary glands (breasts), and pancreas in these animals. In general, well-conducted studies in animals do a good job of predicting which exposures cause cancer in people. But it isn’t clear if the way this chemical affects cancer risk in animals would be the same in humans."

Which Cookware to Use?

Dr. axe goes on to recommend using cast iron, copper, stainless steel & glass cookware. I DO NOT AGREE with all of his choices due to research done on alzheimers disease to date. The research clearly shows that there is an accumulation of metals such as copper, iron, aluminium in the brain and animal fats of all the Alzheimers Brains they have researched. Clearly this is science he has not taken into consideration.  Transfer of these metals into our food & the use of copper water pipes are contributing factors as is the consumption of animal fats in our diet. *NB please check your multivitamins and see if there is copper & iron in them - you are much better of with plant sources of these metals as your body can regulate the uptake -  (Ultra Life1000 is a better choice than lab formulated fake vitamins.) 

Stainless steel & glass cookware is great but Dr. Axe says to use plenty of fat with your cooking - this also I cannot agree with for heart health, liver health, brain health. Too much fat will turn your liver into pate` - this is exactly what the French do when force feeding geese to make their livers fatty for the dish Foire Gras. Your liver needs to be clean so it can metabolise fat & everything else you swallow.

What do I Use?

I use stainless steel and Baccarat non stick pans that are PTFE & PFOA free and this means I can cook low fat safely, choose cookware like this. I think we all should up date our non stick pans every few years for safety and not let them get too old. 

I will do a post soon about which are the healthiest fats to cook with.

Huffington Post - metals & alzheimers

Neal Barnard MD, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine

Science Daily - Metals Linked to Alzheimers & Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

Rusty Brain? - University Of Melbourne