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15 Kitchen Toxins Hiding in Plain Sight

These days most of us are aware of the potential toxins lurking in our homes. Toxins in everyday use products such as: air fresheners, surface cleaners, insecticides, and others. What you may not be aware of though are toxins in products most of us use on a daily basis, products that may contain harmful chemicals. While it’s not a comprehensive list, Reader’s Digest has outlined 15 products to be on the lookout for, and we’re going to highlight a couple of them here.

Non-stick Cooking Pans:

Non-stick cooking pans definitely make cleaning up a little easier, but ease of use can often come at a cost. Not just in what you’ll pay for the cookware, but in the toxic chemicals you may be exposing yourself to. Non-stick cookware is often achieved using polytetrafluoro­ethylene (PTFE). When non-stick pots and pans are heated to high temperatures, the PTFEs “emit gases that can be toxic”, and the non-stick coating can flake off into our foods. Instead of chemically treated pots and pans, maybe go with a cast iron pan instead, and just use a little extra elbow grease when it comes time to clean.

Plastic Cutting Boards:

Ingesting toxins from the cutting boards themselves isn’t necessarily the issue. Instead it’s bacteria that can become lodged in the grooves created by cutting things on the boards over a long period of time. Washing your plastic cutting board in the dishwasher can help keep it free from bacteria build up. Though if the grooves eventually become too deep to clean, it’s probably time to replace your cutting board.

Reader’s Digest has another dozen or so examples of common items in your kitchen that may actually be harmful to the health of you and your family. Click the link below to learn more: