Unexpected Sources of Toxins in Your Kitchen

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Have you made the healthy choice for your family and yourself by making the switch to ceramic cookware? Unfortunately, the battle against toxins is far from over. Studies reveal that the heart of the home is a hotbed of harmful microorganisms. Xtrema Pure Ceramic Cookware compiled a list of unexpected sources of toxins in your kitchen, so you can start eliminating them one by one and make your home a safer place for everyone.

Unexpected Sources of Toxins in Your Kitchen:

  • Non-stick and ceramic coated metal cookware: If you have already swapped metal cookware for pure ceramic cookware, then you are a step ahead. If not, you really take the potential dangers into consideration. Non-stick metal cookware is made with a variety of different chemicals, such as polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), that have been linked to a host of health problems. Plus, the chemicals used to make non-stick cookware can leach into your food and affect the overall taste.
  • Plastic bottles: Most of the plastic products we use on a day-to-day basis contain bisphenol A (BPA), which can be exceedingly harmful to your health. BPA has been linked to reproductive endocrine disorders and neurobehavioral problems. We recommend staying away from plastic bottles with the recycling numbers 3, 6, and 7 because they all contain compounds of concern. Glass and steel containers are better for your health and the environment.
  • Single-use coffee containers: You may love waking up to the perfect portion of coffee, but the coffee contained in those single-serve pods could be causing health issues. Single-serve coffee containers also contain BPA, the same troublesome chemical that you have to watch out for with water bottles. Although it may take a bit more time, you can still get your caffeine fix the old-fashioned way by brewing just a few cups to get you through the day.
  • Food storage containers: As you already know, plastic containers typically contain BPA, but Styrofoam containers are made of polystyrene (PS), which releases a suspected nerve toxin and carcinogen. When heated, both BPA and PS are even more harmful and should be avoided at all costs. By making the switch to silicone food containers, you can safely store leftovers in the fridge or freezer and reheat them again in the oven or microwave without worry.
  • Cleaning products:  Many mass-marketed cleaners are full of chemicals that have been proven to cause sore throats, asthma, and other problems. Luckily, you can create your own all-natural cleaning formula for countertops and floors from lemon, baking powder, white vinegar, and other safe ingredients.

With so many unexpected sources of toxins in your kitchen, it is important to remember that every little step helps to eliminate the toxins that you and your family are exposed to on a daily basis. Just take it one day at a time and do what you can to make a healthier environment for you and those nearest and dearest to your heart.