We used to use the word “detoxify” in relation to our bodies. We try to be healthier and consume fewer toxins, remove harmful elements from our bodies. But still, not only our body requires detoxification. Our body is a little world. And we, in our turn, live in a big world. The surrounding world also needs detoxification. In this article, let’s consider how to make your kitchen safer for your health.
Why is the kitchen? This is the place where our food is stored and cooked. Thus, this is the place where we consume the greatest part of either harmful or healthy elements. Thus, let’s see what you should pay particular attention to: 1. Teflon pans. These pans are the most popular nowadays as their coating doesn’t stick. However, what hides Teflon coating? Firstly, its overheating leads to flu-like symptoms. Secondly, such pans comprise perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA. This is a dangerous chemical that causes kidney cancer, testicular cancer, and thyroid cancer. How can you fight Teflon coating? Choose cast-iron cookware and stainless steel pans to decrease the level of consumed toxins during healthy food cooking. 2. Cutting boards The modern market offers two types of cutting boards: plastic and wood ones. Each of them has its own pros and cons. The main threat of all kitchen boards is grooving which is naturally made by a knife. These grooves are the best habitat for bacteria. That is why it is important to use different cutting boards for flesh and ready-to-eat food. This will allow reducing bacteria growth and cross-contamination. It is recommended to use wood boards for fruits, vegetables, and all ready-to-eat products (such as cheese, sausages), while plastic cutting boards are better for flesh. Do not forget to control your boards. When they have too many crevices, grooves, cracks, it’s time to replace them! 3. BPA. It is the abbreviation of Bis-phenol-A that is a chemical found in different kinds of plastics. If it is accumulated in a body, it may lead to such serious diseases as asthma, prostate and breast cancer, or cardiovascular diseases. BPA is found in plastic containers used for food storage. Moreover, it is also found in canned drinks and food. The way out is to give your preference to metal or glass bottles and containers, as well as look for canned products labeled “BPA free”. 4. Kitchen shelves and furniture. Currently, the majority of all furniture is made of chipboard. Such shelves are usually glued with specialized substances. Quite frequently, they comprise harmful chemicals that produce formaldehyde. Choose high-quality furniture.