Cast iron skillets have been around since you were a child. You may remember them from your grandmother’s house or seen it passed down from generation to generation. Well, as it turns out, this old-school skillet is actually a great tool for health.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a study on non-stick cookware (Teflon). Results showed that the cookware reached temperatures that produced toxic particles and fumes potentially dangerous to human health long before manufacturer DuPont had previously admitted.
According to the study results, in two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop, Teflon cookware was found to exceed temperatures at which coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases linked to pet bird deaths and potential human illnesses.
The journal Environmental Health Perspectives published an article discussing the potential health effects of both perfluorooctanyl sulfonate (PFOS) or “Scotchguard,” and perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) or “Teflon.” They noted the following about PFOA:
- It hangs around in the body, eliminated after 3.8 years.
- Animal studies have shown that high doses can cause cancer, physical development delays, endocrine disruption, and neonatal mortality.
- In older animals, the compound can cause liver and pancreatic tumors.
With that said, here’s 5 healthy reasons why you should use a cast-iron skillet:
1. It evenly distributes heat: Cast iron creates an even, intense heat that makes it really flexible and effective for all sorts of cooking. That means it helps seal in juices and keeps food moist and delicious.
2. It lasts for a long time: Cast iron lasts a really long time, often passed down from one generation to the next. Old and worn pieces can be refurbished with…