Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cookware that Kills? Not Exactly...

Source: AFP (Summary by NIM)

For years there has been speculation that non-stick cookware may not be so good for our health. Sure, on one hand it allows us to use less fat or grease when cooking foods that would normally stick to the pot or pan, but on the flip side, they're coated with freaky chemicals. Now, research is suggesting that these chemicals may actually raise blood cholesterol levels - even in children!

The new study, published in the periodical journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine examined the blood lipid levels of children up to the age of 18 who were exposed to the chemicals called PFOA and PFOS through a contaminated drinking water supply. These chemicals are in the same family as the coating on non-stick cookware as well as in microwaveable popcorn. It turns out that kids with higher levels of these compounds also had increased levels of cholesterol in their blood, which increases their risk of heart disease and stroke.

While the results of the study are indeed eye opening, it's not entirely clear what the effect of limited exposure to these chemicals through cookware of microwave popcorn might be. For people looking to lower their cholesterol levels and improve their heart health, it's probably still safer to cut back on the butter and grease and just use that non-stick pan anyways!

Read more at the AFP (Sept 6, 2010) in the article called "Non-stick cookware may boost cholesterol: study".