Storing and Cooking Food

BPA (BISPHENOLS) & PHTHALATES

BPA and Phthalates are hormone disrupting chemicals that have many uses, including making plastics stronger or more flexible. We are most exposed through food storage, particularly heating and freezing in plastic. Also, it’s important to note that fats like cooking oils are most susceptible to BPA leaching, so it’s best to purchase these products in glass.

PFAS

PFAS encompass over 5000 manmade chemicals. They are highly fluorinated chemicals that make products non-stick, water repellent and stain resistant. The most prevalent and researched types of PFAS are PFOS and PFOA. PFOA coats many nonstick pans and can both contaminate our food and the air we breathe while cooking in it (due to a dangerous off gassing while cooking at high temperatures).

Where can BPA and Phthalates be found?

These harmful chemicals can be found in some pretty surprising places from inside aluminum cans to fast food packaging.

Why should you be concerned?

BPA and Phthalates can cause many health concerns, including…

breast Cancer



Obesity, type ii Diabetes & Heart disease

Infertility



Comprised brain development & early onset puberty

Some safe alternatives

1

Opt for glass or…

An obvious choice are glass containers. Try canning jars as an inexpensive option.  

2

Stainless steel…

An especially safe alternative to plastic water bottles.  Be sure to remove the plastic straw that comes with many bottles.

3

Parchment or wax paper…

Wrap foods in chlorine-free parchment or wax paper.  

4

Beware of the label “BPA-free”

It is often replaced by a similar chemical called BPS, a regrettable substitution, which means that a banned chemical has been replaced by a similar chemical that may be more harmful.

Helpful Websites

Learn more about these hormone disrupting chemicals, where they can be found and much more.

Source safe products like the top BPA-free canned goods and more.

Where can PFAS be found?

PFAS is a very large class of chemicals that, as you can see here, we all likely come in contact with in our daily lives 

Why should you be concerned?

PFAS can cause many health concerns, including…

Cancer

High
cholESTEROL

Infertility

decreased immune response

Some safe alternatives

1

Stainless Steel

Cooking with stainless steel poses no health risks. They are durable, have a high-heat tolerance and are safe to cook all foods in.

2

Cast Iron

Cast iron cookware is built to last. When properly seasoned, they become naturally nonstick.

3

Enameled Cast Iron

These pans combine the durability and heat retention of cast iron with the convenience of a non-reactive, easy-to-clean surface.

4

Ceramic

Ceramic cookware is safe if it is properly glazed using materials authorized for food contact. The glazing must be intact to prevent any unwanted metals from leaching into your food. They may contain lead and cadmium. It’s important to do your research. Also, ceramic pans have not been tested over time like stainless steel and cast iron.

Helpful Websites

Mamavation helps consumers make safer choices for their families.  Learn about the best and worst of cookware and more.

The Round Up is a website dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and sustainability in our daily lives. They provide research-based information on safe cookware and more.