There is a danger hiding in your kitchen cabinets that you and your family may not be aware of and it is very easy to remedy.
Consumer affairs reports on receiving over 300 complaints through 2008 on glass bakeware. And more complaints continue rolling in all the time.
Complaints on glass bakeware that have been forwarded to the proper government agency (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - CPSC) are falling on deaf ears.
So, what's the issue?
A large number of these complaints provide shocking evidence of exploding glassware causing injuries to people – cuts, burns, and even broken bones.
The frightening aspect to all this is that people still rely on their glass bakeware for everyday cooking chores.
There is a good reason glass bakeware comprises 27% of the total bakeware market today and that is because glass is inert and it is one of the best surfaces to cook on.
Many people are simply unaware of the potential danger and fully trust that their bakeware can safely go from the oven… to their countertop… to their freezer.
Here's a Foolproof Way to Help You Find the Safest and Healthiest Bakeware Out There
There is simply no need to expose your family to unnecessary health risks of exploding glass cookware or inhaling dangerous fluoride compounds from non-stick bakeware.
I've put together a simple checklist you can use to not only help you find a replacement for your hazardous glass bakeware, but also to help you find the overall healthiest choice for you and your family.
Your bakeware and baking appliances must:
- Thoroughly demonstrate they can withstand extreme temperature changes without shattering or exploding – you must be able to move your bakeware appliance from your oven… to the countertop… and into your freezer without shattering
- Prove to be non-toxic to you and your family – avoid baking appliances that produce chemicals, toxins, gases, or leach metals into your food
- Be attractive in your kitchen and offer a variety of shapes and sizes to handle your baking needs
- Bake your food consistently and thoroughly
- Save you as much energy as possible through efficient baking, and is easy on the environment
- Be durable and strong, yet lightweight for easy handling in and out of your oven and around your kitchen
- Save you time in preparing meals and clean up
Let's take a look at the bakeware alternatives available to you today and how they stack up against the checklist. I'm sure we'll find a healthy solution for you and your family.
The Most Popular Bakeware Should Be Avoided Like the Plague
Non-stick bakeware is one of the most popular bakeware materials in America and comprises up to 77% of the entire bakeware market.
So what's wrong with it?
Well, for starters, non-stick bakeware is made from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a synthetic chemical used in production that creates the soap-like slipperiness and non-stick finish.
Once heated, non-stick bakeware will quickly reach temperatures at which toxic fumes release into the air. And it doesn't take much heat to do this – the coating begins to break down and release toxins at a temperature of only 446° F.
PFOA has become very controversial because of potential health dangers…
In animal studies, PFOA posed health hazards like:
Personal Non-stick Experience
A few years ago, a professional colleague consulted me with a frustrating urination problem.
Sometimes after going to bed, he would have to get up and urinate 10 to 12 times in the first two hours.
Knowing my colleague to be the thorough person he is, he had multiple medical tests run on his prostate, blood, kidneys, and bladder. Nothing abnormal turned up.
The amazing thing was within 24 to 48 hours after he left on many of his trips, his system returned to normal… his urination issue disappeared.
And when he returned back home, within 24 to 48 hours he began experiencing the excessive urination problem all over again.
He started thinking that something in his home was causing the problem. But what? He even tried different diets, but to no avail.
Then one day, my colleague happened to read one of my articles on Mercola.com about the potential hazards of non-stick cookware. It was like a light bulb turned on inside his head – he remembered that his mother gave him a non-stick frying pan 3 to 4 years ago.
He immediately stopped using the non-stick frying pan. Within 2 days, his problem vanished – and never returned.
-- Dr Mercola
- Serious changes in organs including the brain, prostate, liver, thymus, and kidneys, showing toxicity.
- Death of several rat pups due to PFOA exposure.
- Changes in the pituitary in female rats, at all doses. Changes in the size of the pituitary indicate toxicity.
- PFOA contributed to tumor growth in at least four different organs in animal tests, and indicated in an increase in prostate cancer in PFOA plant workers.
Now the various PFOA doses used in these animal experiments weren't necessarily the same exposure levels you might get from non-stick bakeware. But they clearly show the potential danger from PFOA.
And there's more evidence:
- In a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 98% of the population returned detected PFOA levels. While PFOA can come from sources other than non-stick cookware, that's startling information.
- A study reported in 2007, conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, showed alarming evidence indicating newborn infants face exposure to PFOA while in the womb.
- Though not necessarily related to non-stick cookware, PFOA has already been implicated in increased instances of cancer in the pancreas, liver, testicles, and mammary glands, as well as miscarriages, thyroid problems, weakened immune systems, and low organ weights.
So, from a health and safety standpoint, non-stick bakeware is not a good choice.
Non-stick brand names that contain this toxic PFOA coating include Silverstone, Fluron, Supra, Excalibur, Greblon, Xylon, Duracote, Resistal, and T-Fal, to name just a few. Avoid these products.
In fact, if you have any bakeware made from this non-stick material, I would recommend you throw it out and replace it immediately.
Why You Should Avoid Aluminum
So, what are some of your other choices for baking appliances?
What about aluminum – it's also very popular and lightweight? In fact, consumers choose metal bakeware products 73% of the time.
But I would not recommend aluminum pans for baking if you want to enjoy your golden years. Aluminum is a causal factor suspect in Alzheimer's disease.
In my experience, people dread Alzheimer's disease more than cancer and heart disease, for good reason.
Aluminum is a "reactive" metal, meaning that it reacts with salty or acidic foods to release itself into your food. Sources of aluminum include any size cookware or bakeware containers, foil, and utensils.
And many if not most aluminum bakeware manufacturers choose to coat their products with non-stick materials. So, you could face the same hazards detailed above from non-stick bakeware.
In addition, you can also face exposure to aluminum when the non-stick surface chips off your coated aluminum baking dish or pan.
So, aluminum might satisfy one of our selection criteria by being lightweight – but I feel the safety risks are too high. Plus, I'm convinced there is a better alternative available for you.
How Stainless Steel and Other Metal Baking Appliances Pose Potential Risks to You and Your Family
Another popular metal bakeware material is stainless steel.
Some cooks prefer the "clad" or "three-ply" varieties that have an aluminum or copper base sandwiched between layers of stainless steel.
But contrary to popular belief, stainless steel may not be an inert (non-reactive) metal either. All stainless steel has alloys containing nickel, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, and various other metals.
In a study conducted on heart patients receiving stainless steel stents, restenosis occurred in 50% of patients. Allergies to the nickel and molybdenum in the stainless steel were suspected causal factors.
While this study is clearly not cooking-related, it is certainly possible that baking with stainless steel, clad or not, may increase the likelihood that metals will leach into your food.
This is especially true if the bakeware becomes pitted due to extended use or storage of acidic foods.
For folks with nickel allergies, it could be a particularly concerning problem.
Copper is an alternative that provides even heat distribution. However, I recommend you never allow it to have direct contact with your food.
When you use copper as your baking surface, it can leach out in excessive amounts. If enough leaching occurs, you could experience digestive discomforts.*
That's why most copper pans come lined with other metals, creating the same concerns I noted above. And copper pans are also extremely costly.
So, I don't recommend using stainless steel or other metal-based baking appliances. The risks are still just too high for me to accept and should be for you as well.
Heavy Metal Leaching – A Major Health Concern with Common Baking Appliances
Just to show how exposed you are to metal leaching from common baking appliances, take a look below at a 2009 Heavy Metal Leaching Test.
The lab performed tests on many common types of bakeware. All of the baking appliances tested leached some form of heavy metal.
|Heavy Metals Bakeware Leaching test
|Metal Analysis Type/Results - mg/L
|Speckled Metal Bakeware
|Non-Stick Glass Bakeware
|Metal Brownie Pan
|Metal Professional Cake Pan
|Foil Aluminum Baking Pan
|10.25" Red Porcelain Pie Plate
|Mercola Healthy Chef 10" Ceramic Skillet
Notes: Adapted from: Brandywine Science Center Inc. Heavy Metals Leaching Test reported 3/3/2009
* Indicates value not tested for in given material.
Leaching test methodology: 4% Glacial Acetic Acid is poured into the vessels and let to sit for 24hrs. Once the 24 hr leach is over, the acetic acid is analyzed via AA Spectroscopy for the individual metal content and then recorded.
Test results expressed in mg/L or milligrams per liter. One liter = 33.792 ounces
This chart quickly shows you the potential leaching from different types of bakeware. I wouldn't recommend any of these types of appliance materials for your baking needs.
It's just not worth the risk to you and your family.
So, where do we go from here?
How a Technologically Advanced Material Made from 100% Inorganic Minerals and Water Blew Away Our Selection Checklist
My team and I discovered a safe bakeware material that comes through with flying colors against our selection checklist – lightweight ceramic.
Review the chart below to see how ceramic bakeware stacks up against our selection criteria.
Remember, the other baking appliance materials (non-stick brands, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and other heavy metals), could not fully get beyond even our first two checklist criteria – safety for you and your family.
|Bakeware selection criteria
||Ceramic Mercola Healthy Bakeware
|Thoroughly demonstrate it can withstand extreme temperature changes without shattering or exploding.
||Yes – Unlike glassware, this bakeware does not shatter or explode when exposed to extreme temperature conditions. You can move it safely from your oven… to your countertop… and into your freezer without worrying about it shattering.
|Must prove to be nontoxic to you and your family – avoid baking appliances that produce hazardous chemicals, toxins, gases, or leach metals into your food.
||Yes – Bakeware is non-reactive and non-toxic. Due to the ceramic baking surface, no odors or gases release into the air even if temperatures exceed 2500° F – no leaching!
|Needs to be attractive and provide convenient shapes and sizes for your baking needs.
||Yes – Attractive and functional bakeware shapes and sizes available. And due to the durability of ceramic material, bakeware continues to look new for many years.
|Bakes your food consistently and thoroughly.
||Yes – Food gets baked from the inside and outside at the same time with uniform heat distribution – producing a full range of subtle and natural flavors.
|Helps save energy through efficient baking and goes easy on the environment.
||Yes – Provides longer heat retention helping to reduce baking time and your energy costs. Since the bakeware is made from the earth's natural minerals and water, and is processed using clean burning natural gas, it's easy on the environment.
|Is durable and strong, yet lightweight enough for easy handling in and out of your oven.
||Yes – Made of lightweight ceramic 100% inorganic material. Very resistant to staining and scratching.
|Saves you time in preparing meals and cleanup.
||Yes – Due to its versatility, it can be used in your conventional oven, toaster oven, under the broiler, on a stovetop burner, and on your BBQ grill. It's also refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher safe for quicker cleanup time.
How this Bakeware Goes to the Extreme to Help Preserve Your Environment
Not only is this ceramic bakeware easy on the environment, you can "go green" with the Mercola Healthy Bakeware because it is…
- Derived from inorganic natural materials from the earth's crust
- Made from the earth's natural minerals and water
- Manufactured by using clean burning, safe natural gas
- Non-reactive and non-toxic – Due to its ceramic baking surface, no odors or gases release into the air during the baking process even if temperatures exceed 2500° F – no leaching!
- An energy saver – Due to its far-infrared cooking technology, your food bakes effectively and efficiently – helping you save energy.
- A potential time saver – Since ceramic material is efficient in retaining heat, you could save baking time. Plus, you can bake, serve, and store foods in the same containers.
- Extremely versatile – This lightweight bakeware can be used for multiple baking and storing applications (stove top, oven, broiler, BBQ, refrigerator, freezer, and table top) potentially saving you time, energy, and money.
So, ceramic bakeware comes through in a solid way to help you preserve your environment.
Why this Bakeware Could Last You a Lifetime
One thing you don't want to do is constantly replace your bakeware.
Well, once you get rid of the potentially hazardous bakeware you currently use and replace it with Mercola Healthy Bakeware, you'll be set for a long time.
See, this ceramic bakeware comes to you with a manufacturer-backed 50-year limited warranty.
You will receive free replacement of any ceramic part of the bakeware that breaks from hot and cold temperatures within 50 years from your date of purchase. (Of course, the free bakeware replacement does not apply if you drop and break it.)
To me, this goes beyond durability… it creates a level of trust and reliability you're looking for in your everyday baking appliances.
The manufacturer certainly wouldn't make a 50-year commitment unless their bakeware appliances could withstand the test of time.
So, here's why the Mercola Healthy Bakeware is so durable…
- Made of lightweight ceramic 100% inorganic materials – this innovative non-reactive material is the key element in your bakeware's longevity
- You can't scratch the baking surface – even when using metal utensils and cleaning with industrial steel wool
- You don't need to be concerned about damage due to meltdown of the bakeware – helps reduce risk of stove damage and fire
- Far-infrared technology helps your bakeware withstand very high temperatures (2700° F) – steel melts at 2200° F – aluminum above 1200° F
- Bakeware surface will never flake off into your food over a period of time
- Ceramic surface is highly resistant to bacteria – even highly acidic foods will not stain the bakeware and get absorbed into other foods
- Cleanup is a breeze – keeping your bakeware in top shape is a key factor in having it potentially last a lifetime
So, as a Healthy Chef, you can put your full trust in Mercola Healthy Bakeware. It seems highly unlikely a manufacturer would back its product with a 50-year limited warranty if they didn't have solid, tested proof of its durability.
Otherwise, the company would simply go out of business replacing product.
Natural Ceramic – Your Safe and Healthy Choice
So, just like your cookware, I recommend you choose natural ceramic for your baking appliances.
This healthy choice, in addition to eating as much wholesome unprocessed foods as you possibly can, will help you take better control of your health.
As you already know, my choice for ceramic bakeware is the Mercola Healthy Bakeware. I've made sure it is one of the best offerings on the market.
And I've even bundled many baking appliances and accessories together for you in a cost-saving set.
Your 12-piece Mercola Healthy Bakeware set comes in an attractive high-gloss black finish, with wide carry handles and easy grip non-breakable silicone covers.
Plus, the ergonomically designed baking tools help prevent slippage and fit comfortably in your hand.
Here's what comes packed into your Mercola Healthy Bakeware 12-piece set:
Quite a complete ceramic bakeware set, wouldn't you agree?
Don't Cut Corners with What You Use to Bake Your Food - It Could be Shattering to Your Health
Now, it's all up to you to take one of the biggest steps I know of toward eating healthier in your own home.
The Mercola Healthy Bakeware set is the only set I use today when baking. I'm convinced of its overall safety, versatility, and convenient light weight.
At a price of $197.00, I think it's a relative bargain for 12-piece set.
Sure, you could find less expensive bakeware sets, but are they made of natural, shatter-proof ceramic from 100% inorganic minerals and water?
If not, then you're only fooling yourself believing you're baking healthy food for you and your family. I've really not found any other baking material that meets my stringent checklist as well as ceramic.
So, it's time for you to…
- Get rid of that ticking time-bomb Pyrex and Anchor Hocking glassware
- Throw away any toxic non-stick coated bakeware
- Toss out any risky aluminum or other metal baking appliances
And move up to ceramic-made Mercola Healthy Bakeware.
And don't forget about the 50-year limited warranty backed by the bakeware manufacturer.
As long as you don't drop and break the bakeware, the warranty covers you for any damage caused by hot or cold temperatures to the ceramic material for 50 years – might just as well be for a lifetime.
Plus, I include my own performance guarantee and warranty as well (see below).
So, take the next step to help ensure you and your family eat healthy baked meals, order your Mercola Healthy Bakeware set today.