Author : Pooja Tiwari Mishra
The onslaught of diseases in our era is at an all-time high. Although the technology is at its best, we are not able to avoid many of the fatal and chronic diseases. Are we looking at the wrong places to find a solution?
Here is our take on eliminating the cause from its roots. Read on to ditch the culprits from our homes.
At any point, when we intend to eat out, there is always the question about the cleanliness and hygiene of the inn’s kitchen. It is a typical belief that home cooked food is the healthiest choice, but is it? We have to understand that it isn’t only the outside kitchen, even our own kitchen ought to, likewise, be dealt with. Yes, your Kitchen can make you fall sick!
So we have a list of things which you should ditch from your kitchen now!
More than 90% of urban kitchens have non-stick cookware. Non-stick cookware offers a huge advantage over other cookware, like super easy cleanup, less food sticking to the surface, and the ability to cook with less oil and butter as long as they’re not overheated.
Teflon releases perfluorooctanoic acid when heated to 450 degrees. When they are overheated the coating may begin to break down into toxic particles and gases, some of them carcinogenic.
Alternative: While cooking in nonstick or Teflon cookware always keep the stove at or below medium heat or opt for cast iron or stainless steel pans for cooking when possible.
“Fluoropolymers are a big part of the coating formula — and the very reason that foods don’t stick to nonstick.”
Chipped Melamine dishware
We turn to melamine to avoid constant replacement of broken dinnerware. Melamine kitchenware is durable and virtually unbreakable and affordable, but when you use them at high temperatures of 160 degrees Fahrenheit there are high chances that chemicals in melamine will pass on to the sustenance causing kidney related problems.
Alternative: Melamine is an insulator, not a conductor. It’s ideal for cold food and buffet displays.
Most of our aluminum intake comes from food. However, studies show that aluminum foil, cooking utensils, and containers can leach aluminum into your food. This means that cooking with aluminum foil may increase the aluminum content of your diet. The amount of aluminum that passes into your food when cooking with aluminum foil is affected by a number of things. To minimize unnecessary exposure to aluminum when cooking:
- Avoid high-heat cooking
- Reduce the use of aluminum foil for cooking, especially acidic foods like tomatoes or lemons
- Use non-aluminum utensils, such as glass or porcelain dishes
- Opt for Butter paper or cotton cloth
Certain chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to reduced fertility, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma, and hormone disruption. Avoid cleaning products with a lot of chemicals. Be aware of what you buy and do not go by what the ads might say. Make a conscious choice by mixing your own products at home. It is easier than we think it is!
Alternative: It’s easy, fun, and cheap to make non-toxic cleaners from safe and effective ingredients like vinegar and baking soda or opt for natural ones.
Ditch the canned foods when possible and opt for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead. Look for products packaged in glass or lined cardboard instead of cans as Bisphenol-A (BPA) is commonly found in can liners and plastic products and its exposure is linked to a host of hormone-related health impacts.
Choose Alternatives to plastics; Use glass jars or ceramic bowls to store food. Never microwave plastic. Wash plastics by hand – not in the dishwasher.
“Avoid plastics with recycling symbols #3 (PVC), #6 (polystyrene), and #7 (other) which have greater potential to leach toxins and are difficult to recycle.”
Avoid Antibacterial Hand Soaps
Reduce your use of disinfectant products like hand sanitizers and cleaning products which contain quaternary ammonium compounds (quats). Quats are skin irritants and the overuse of quats can also lead to the promotion of antibacterial-resistant bacteria (“superbugs”).
Alternative: Check the label and avoid products which contain ingredients that look like this: Benzalkonium chloride, Benzethonium chloride or opt natural products.
Ditch the Air Fresheners
Air fresheners add unnecessary chemicals to your home including ones that may disrupt your hormones.
Alternative: Eliminate odour around the home by ventilating your home with outdoor air or set out a bouquet of fresh flowers or simmer herbs or spices on the stove like pine cones, pine needles, or cinnamon.
“Melamine is categorized under Class #7 on the list of Plastic Resin Codes. This means that it should not be thrown in your recycling bin. Melamine cannot be melted for recycling like other plastics”
Take these baby steps towards improving your health, the health of your family and definitely the health of our Planet!