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Organic Cookware

Updated on February 28, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

You have carefully considered all the information and research and choose organic foods. You buy organic cotton, but have you considered organic cookware?

PFOA or Perflurooctanoic Acid is used in the production process of Teflon and other non-stick surfaces. It can be found in:

  • Packaging material of candy bars

  • Microwave popcorn

  • Fast food packaging

  • Pizza boxes

  • Paper plates

  • Carpets

Although PFOA is only used in manufacturing processes and shouldn’t be found in the finished product, you need to know that this chemical has been detected in the bloodstreams of 95 percent of American men, women, and children. Nobody is sure just how PFOA has gotten into the systems of so many people. Research has shown that PFOA is still traced in the blood at least four years after having been exposed to and the levels had only been reduced by half in that amount of time.

Okay. So you have a chemical moving through your veins, what's new, right? Can it really be a health issue?


Health Concerns about Nonstick Cookware

Some researchers discovered that PFOA can cause increased instances of cancer in the following:

  • Pancreas

  • Liver

  • Testicles

  • Mammary glands

It also increased the risks of:

  • Miscarriage

  • Weight loss

  • Thyroid problems

  • Weaker immune systems

  • Low organ weights

Luckily there are several alternatives to cooking with Teflon and other PFOA processed cookwares.

Thermolon (TM)

Thermolon (TM) is the very first nano non stick, ceramic based patented finish that is made to withstand high temperatures without breaking down the coating. Not only is it PTFE free,but there is no PFOA used in manufacturing it. Which makes it environmentally friendly. It is:

  • Heat resistant up to 850 degrees

  • Scratch and abrasion resistant

  • Superior non-stick release

  • Even heat conductivity

  • Lightweight

  • Durable

  • Dishwasher safe

Organic Clay

Organic Clay is clay that is formed from decomposed living organisms, animals and plants. With an organic clay pot there is absolutely nothing that would leach into your food.

Clay pot cookery keeps foods moist and tender. It is a form of cooking that has bee in use since ancient times simply because it works so well. It’s a classic all natural solution with a rustic artisan style. The only downfall is that if you drop a clay pot it will break and need to be replaced.

Cast Iron

Old fashioned cast iron is alwaysa great choice on conventional stove tops. It does not work well on smooth top ranges . After a short period of seasoning, in which you use olive or other food grade oil to make the cookware nonstick, it will serve you for decades with very little care. An added benefit is that it adds minute amounts of iron to your diets and this can be a benefit if you have trouble keeping healthy blood levels.

Organic cooking isn’t complete without the right cookware. Teflon and other nonstick cookwares emit toxins that can be leached into your food. If you want to keep the chemicals out of your body it is important to use chemical free items when you can.


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    • SallyTX profile image

      Sally Branche 6 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Great info! That 6 quart clay bean cooker looks like a must-have! Voted up & useful! :)

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      Mac Kohler 7 years ago

      The dangers of cooking on petro-chemical derivatives are well understood, but the energy inefficiency of cooking in ceramic vessels is seldom mentioned. Ceramic is used most effectively as an insulator, meaning it repels heat. Iron, while being a great deal more efficient than ceramic is also more durable and very nearly as molecularly inert (sorry Sailor, all the minerals an vitamins your body runs on come from the decomposed critters of which you speak, but nearly entirely from your food, not from a clay pot).

      Iron may be better than ceramic, but it does not come remotely close to copper for thermal efficiency, which for serious cooking is a serious criterion. Copper and tin require many time less energy not merely to use in cooking, but to mine, smelt and recycle. The carbon footprint of a copper pan of a given size is 1/20th of a similar iron pan, 1/130th of a similar aluminum pan, and 1/200th of a stainless steel pan, and that's just to bring it to market.

      Once you start using copper, your food contacts pure tin, which is highly inert, imparting a trace oxide (of tin) that is an essential nutrient most people lack in their diets. Tin-lined copper is also 100% renewable - when the lining wears out after 20 years or so, simply have it relined.

      People buy copper once and keep it their entire lives, handing it down to their kids and grandkids, and it can be made good whenever needed while saving energy all the while. It's more expensive at first, but the best always is, and over the longer haul, copper is by far the least expensive kitchen tool you'll ever buy.

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      sailor 7 years ago

      "Organic Clay

      Organic Clay is clay that is formed from decomposed living organisms, animals and plants. With an organic clay pot there is absolutely nothing that would leach into your food." Ummm...ok, nothing like the taste of rotted animals in my food, YUM YUM. Just the thought of this made me lose interest in cooking.

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      Karl 7 years ago

      If there were intelligent aliens, there would look upon us and say, "Humans are complete idiots. They put poison in their food and then they eat it. What creature in their right mind would do such a thing. They deserve their fate."

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      Patti Ann 8 years ago from Florida

      I have been trying to eat mostly organic foods and I know about teflon, but I have never heard of thermolon. Thanks for the great information.

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      Universal Laws 8 years ago from UNIVERSE

      Brilliantly informative. Thank you. And has reminded me to do a hub on why not to use a microwave seeing your microwave popcorn packaging expose.