How can food preparation be harmful?Poster about microwaving in glass or ceramic, not plastic.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can get into food during preparation through the chemicals in plastics, nonstick cookware, or packaging.

Toxic chemicals in plastics can leach into our food during food preparation, especially when plastic is heated, like in the microwave and plastic-based coffee makers. Learn more about the problems with plastics in food preparation.

Nonstick cookware is made with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a class of chemicals that are also used in stain resistant fabrics and fast food wrappers. They are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in our environment and can spread to our water supply. Learn more about the problems with nonstick.

Download Anticancer Lifestyle's free ebook The Healthy Kitchen: Reducing Toxins and Chemical Exposures for more information and tips. 

How can we reduce our exposure?

  • Microwave in glass or ceramic, not plastic.
  • Avoid fast food, processed food, and plastic packaging.
  • Cook on the stove with stainless steel, cast iron and enameled and anodized aluminum pots and pans. Avoid nonstick cookware.
  • Store food in glass, metal or silicone.
  • Cook at home instead of eating out.
  • To be careful which plastics you use and how you use them, check out this advice.
  • Use Silent Spring Institute's DetoxMe app or website for more tips and resources. 




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