Cast Iron Skillet- The Teflon Alternative
Teflon Pans, Safety, and PCOS
I saw a tweet several months ago that said non stick pans can harm health and fertility. I was overwhelmed making other changes around the house so didn't think much about it. But after researching more about the dangers of non stick pans, I decided enough is enough. These pans are BAD news for anyone! Heres a brief explanation of what I learned about the dangers of these pans. First off, they emit toxic gases when they are heated. Non stick pans are chemically treated with a carcinogenic chemical known as perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA). When the pan gets to even higher temperatures, it releases even more dangerous gases. And as the pan gets scratch marks, it increases exposure to these chemicals even more.
There are even warning labels on these pans for bird owners because the toxic gases emitted while cooking can actually kill birds. To not bore you will more details, if you are interested in reading more about the dangers, check out this Natural News article. Notice "reproductive problems, infertility and birth defects" are conditions listed under risks linked to the chemicals.
I am just like anyone else and sometimes want to ignore dangers like this because non stick pans are convenient and easy, but I simply can't ignore this any longer. So I threw out our non stick pans. They were scratched anyway and shouldn't be used.
Cast Iron Skillet as Safer Alternative
For Father's Day, I purchased a cast iron skillet for my husband (well it was also a gift for me too:) I was at first intimadated by cast iron because I read you have to season it and clean it a certain way. But I have found it is so simple and these pans last a LONG time from what I've read. I purchased a Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Skillet from Amazon. The 12 inch is right under 20 dollars..not bad for a pan that is supposed to last and is not emitting toxic chemicals for us to breathe in and eat. I am not an expert with cast iron and still learning but will try and share tips on cleaning and care as I go. They recommend vegetable oil to season after each use on their site, but vegetable oils are so unhealthy, so we just use butter or coconut oil successfully. Definitely will be using it ALOT for scrambled eggs and making gluten free pancakes in the morning.
One step closer to defeating PCOS:)
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