Is Your Cookware Poisoning You?

If you’ve been reading at all on my site or any other about health and nutrition then you probably know a little about what to eat. You’ve probably learned, heard, or got inkling that you should be eating fresh, raw, real foods. The foods you should be avoiding are the highly processed ones laden with toxins.

If you’re eating fresh foods and cooking with in season produce, you probably think you’ve got this health thing licked. You know to eat healthy, what to eat, what to avoid, you know exercising, and you know how to avoid certain toxins. But let me ask you a question. What kinds of pots and pans are you cooking on today?

Do you know that using non stick pots and pans could be putting your health in danger – if they’re heated that is? I recommended that you stop using this type of cookware.

According to test run by Dr. Mercola, a number of common types of cookware showed some leaching of dangerous toxins. These are the types of cookware that showed leaching:

5 Types of Cookware Showing Leaching of Dangerous Toxins

  1. Aluminum
  2. Speckled Metal Bakeware
  3. Non stick Anodized Aluminum
  4. Ceramic Non Stick Aluminum Skillet
  5. Non stick Glass Bakeware

Why You Must Avoid Non Stick Cookware

Although there is no perfect cookware set; perfect weight, perfect durability, perfect with no leaching chemicals there is a new solution in the form of ceramic cookware. And we must find a solution to America’s love for non stick cookware as it’s poisoning those who use it.

Non stick cookware is dangers because of many reasons. One of the biggest problems is with the very chemical that creates the slippery, non stick surface, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA.)

This is a dangerous chemical releases toxins once heated. And although some substances can take a lot of heat before releasing toxins, PFOA’s release dangerous toxins at just 446 degrees Fahrenheit.

PFOA’s are theorized to cause serious health issues. In animal studies the following problems were associated with PFOA’s:

3 Health Issues from PFOA’s found in Animal Testing

  1. Organs such as the brain, liver, prostate, thymus, and kidneys showing toxicity.
  2. Changes in pituitary reactions in female rats. (Changes in pituitary gland sizes indicate toxicity.)
  3. PFOA’s associated with tumors.

And what’s more in a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it was shown that 98% of Americans had PFOA’s in their bodies.

Other types of non stick cookware have been implicated in health issues across the nation too. Problems with cancer in the liver, mammary glands, pancreas and testicles were also found.

These are just some of the reasons I urge you to reconsider the cookware you’re using. Many people think it will be a burden to get rid of their cookware and replace it all. But I ask you to consider the burden associated with cancers and other serious health problems caused by so many non stick cookware products.

What cookware should I be using?

Stainless Steel

Real, high quality stainless steel cookware is the perfect solution for many of your needs in the kitchen. Stainless steel is made from iron, which your body needs anyway, and it is then coated in chromium, which is also a beneficial metal to your body. So any leeching that does occur isn’t going to harm your body.

Many stainless steel cookware manufacturers place aluminum inside the steel metals to aid in heat distribution. This is ok as the aluminum never comes into contact with your food and stays perfectly encased inside the stainless steel.


Another great cookware to use is glass or ceramic cookware. It is one of the best, cookware you can use to effectively cook your food and avoid the heavy toxins leaching into it.

There are certain other benefits of using ceramic cookware too. This cookware is solid and damage resistant. It can be heated to an unbelievable 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, put directly into cold water, and it won’t crack or break.


Are you being poisoned by your cookware? You may have heard that Teflon and other non stick cookware can leach toxins into your foods. But did you know that when heated just about all types of non stick cookware let off toxins that build up in your body? These have been linked to many different types of cancers and other serious health issues.

Sources: article on cookwareRWood Cookware article

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11 comments so far - add yours!

  1. EJackson says:

    We use mercola thanks to a friend who showed me it a couple years ago- and love it! :) Ours our even “new and improved” on what she had as he has made them lighter weight than he used to. We have the basic collection- but the rest are on my Christmas list :) As with any cookwear one has to get used to the particular way that it cooks but that learning curve comes no matter what you switch too.

  2. Maureen says:

    Do you cook with the Mercola pans? Where you mention “here’s what’s in my kitchen” goes right to the sources, so I feel a bit unclear about that. I’d love to know just what type you use. :)

  3. Michelle says:

    Bah! What about cast iron?? I’ve always been under the impression that its better than stainless steel.

    • EJackson says:

      Michele I can’t speak for Dr. Axe at all and I’m nothing close to an expert, this link though has a chart on the leaching values of pots and pans you may find interesting. Of course mercola doesn’t even recc. stainless steel, but the cast iron rating seems to be worse:

      • Michelle says:

        See but I was always under the impression that the iron is good for you. I hear good things from mercola, but its hard to fully believe what its saying when he’s also trying to sell you something.

  4. Sara says:

    What about cast iron? I grew up using and still use cast iron…

  5. chris says:

    just wondering about about cast iron

  6. Tony M. says:

    Is cast iron ok?

  7. Julius Morel says:

    Useful post. Really, we should be careful when we use the nonstick cookware which is widely used by people. Another post about how to choose the safest cookware at:
    Well, cast iron cookware is good, but you should season it well before you use it.

  8. Debra says:

    That stainless pot with the abalone color inside the bottom of the pot is it safe to use?
    Oops sorry left part of my question out is it safe to use

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