So I did a thing, and switched out all of our non-stick pans with cast iron. 🍳
What’s the big deal with non-stick pots and pans? Well, they contain PFAS (Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl substances).. these are a class of chemicals that are called ‘forever chemicals’. They are an environmental toxin a human toxicant and a global pollutant that stays in our eco-systems (and bodies) and take an extremely long time to break down. 🤯
That’s not great, but why are they bad?
Human exposure to 🧫 PFAS compounds has been linked to a number of health concerns such as: ☠️ cancer, hormone disruption, liver and kidney toxicity, immune system harm and reproductive and developmental toxicity. Yikes.
PFAS’s are found in SO many products like non-stick cookware 🥘, fast food wrappers🍟, microwave popcorn bags🍿, stain-resistant carpets and fabrics🛋️, water-resistant clothing🧥, cleaning products🧽, and personal care products🚿💄... And, even our drinking water 🚰!!
How can you reduce your exposure?
👉 Avoid Teflon and non-stick cookware – switch to safer alternatives like cast iron or stainless steel
👉 Check your personal care products – stay away from products that have ingredients containing the words “fluoro” or “perfluoro”
👉 Watch for packaged foods – any greasy or oily packages often contain grease-repellent coatings, such as microwave popcorn bags and fast food wrappers. Pop your popcorn in a pot!
👉 Avoid stain resistant treatments – furniture and carpets that state that they are ”stain-resistant” most definitely has these PFAS chemicals
I’m making the best choices possible for my little family – you can too! Start small... But start now. 💪😘
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