On an everyday basis, most people enjoy using non-stick cookware as it is easier to cook, non-greasy, and the cleaning requires no effort. Food slides easily on the smooth coating and, on low flame, non-stick pans are perfect. But what happens when used on a high flame?
Studies show that using non-stick cookware on a high flame releases PFC (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) which is a cancer-causing chemical in the human body.
Due to the recent findings and studies that suggest non-stick pans are no longer safe as they emit fumes and gases when exposed to higher temperatures, manufacturers are coming up with non-stick pans which are coated with more harmless materials.
The new materials used in these pans do not release PFAS (poly-perfluoroalkyl substances) PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), or Teflon also known as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), that result in bioaccumulation.
Thermolon ceramic coating
Thermolon is a non-stick ceramic layer derived from sand. It is also a patented technology only used by the GreenPan company.
What makes this non-stick pan safe is the quality that it is 100% PTFE free. It does not contain lead, cadmium or any other PFC family elements that can harm the human body or the environment.
The company also asserts that during the production of this non-stick pan, less than 60% greenhouse gases are released in comparison to regular Teflon-based pan production. The non-stick layer sprayed on the pan is heat resistant and does not release harmful fumes even during high temperatures.GreenPan Chatham 12″ Ceramic Non-Stick Open Frypan
Orgreenic Ceramic coating
Even though the name of the company hints it is made from all organic materials, this is not the case. The name came by as the cookware by Orgreenic is a green color. Two materials are mixed to make this cookware incredibly easy to use as food just slides off, and the cleaning process is trouble-free.
Hence, this is a suitable replacement to traditional Teflon-based pots and pans that have a damaging effect on the human body and the surroundings in irreplaceable amounts.
The green colored coating used in the products replaces the commonly used PFOA-based products with a chemical ingredient which is safer. PFOA-based cookware, when heated at high temperatures, cause it to release dangerous fumes; studies also suggest the intake of PFOA causes high cholesterol and problems for pregnant women. The same does not occur in the case of Orgreenic ceramic-coated cookware.Telebrands Orgreenic 12” Non Stick Ceramic Frying Pan
Hard anodized cookware
The manufacturers of hard anodized cookware stand by it; the process of treating the aluminum changes the metal, but retains its conductivity properties. The electrochemical bath process thickens the oxide film and the second coating makes the surface scratch-resistant, smooth and the clean process hassle-free. Anodized aluminum cookware does not react to food due to its thick coatingAll-Clad E785S264 HA1 Hard Anodized Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free
Cast iron cookware
When seasoned correctly, cast iron cookware turns into non-stick cookware, minus the harmful effects. While PFC’s causes liver damage, cancer to individuals, and the fumes could easily kill birds, cast iron is a safer and healthier alternative. The cookware adds iron to your food and is not PFOA-like in the case of Teflon-based non-stick cookware.Lodge 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet
Ozeri Stone Earth cookware
Stone earth pans perform just like smooth non-stick pans and are considered as a healthy alternative because it uses less oil in the cooking process and does not release harmful fumes, even when heated at high temperatures.
Chemicals do not seep into your food through the Stonehenge coating, and the coating on pots and pans by Ozeri Stone Earth cookware doesn’t quickly wear off. It is an eco-friendly and safer alternative that is 100% PFOA free, and hence, perfect cookware for your kitchen.12″ Stone Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with 100% APEO & PFOA-Free Stone-Derived
Greenlife ceramic cookware
The company gives you guidelines for the cleaning process to avoid the chipping of the coating or scratches to its surface. The smooth coating which makes cleaning a simple process is free of cadmium, lead, and PFC chemicals, which are famously accused of damaging an individual’s health. The ecologically safe alternative is affordable and will safeguard you and your family from the dangerous effects of Teflon-based cookware.GreenLife Soft Grip 12″ Ceramic Non-Stick Open Frypan
The company Ecolution does not offer one, but four different non-stick coatings that are healthier alternatives for you and the environment. The Hydrolon and Hydro Ceramic coating use water as the primary solvent. The cookware is long-lasting and completely free of PFOA, BPA, and PTFEs. The environmentally responsible company uses technology which makes safer cookware.Ecolution Symphony Eco-Friendly 8 Inch Fry Pan
There are many alternatives available on the market, so do you still want to opt for Teflon- based pots and pans, knowing they can harm you and the environment? Most of the cookware listed above is affordable and easy to clean. Don’t wait till the damage caused by PFOA is irreversible; choose a healthier choice for your tomorrow.