Following on from my last blog about my favourite kitchen gadgets I thought I’d share which ones you want might to avoid for health reasons Microwaves aren’t on the list due to them being so obvious. Instead I wanted to make you think about some other items you might not have considered as having health concerns that you have in your kitchen. Do you have or use regularly any of the following time saving devices? Plastic kettle, aluminium pressure cooker or a pod coffee maker. If so please carry on reading and think about changing to one of my suggestions below.
Almost every home has a kettle – just make sure it’s not a plastic one. You might want to consider changing it because even if it doesn’t contain BPA (Bisphenol A) there are going to be many other chemicals in the plastic that could leach into your water, especially if you re-boil your water and don’t empty it each time you use it. There are some beautiful glass kettles for under £20 or you could try a stainless steel one instead for less than £15. When you consider how many times you use your kettle in a day you can see that this is an extremely cost effective way to improve your health and reduce your exposure to numerous chemicals and toxins.
Aluminium Pressure Cookers
I recently bought a pressure cooker and it has been fantastic, not just saving time but actually preserving the nutrients in some of the food I’m cooking. The one I’ve bought has a stainless steel inside unlike the vast majority which are made from aluminium. Aluminium is as toxic to your central nervous system as cigarette smoke is to your lungs. Toxic metals damage brain tissue and scientists are clear that this can lead to degenerative disease by producing oxidative stress. Aluminium is one of the worst offenders. So if you want to keep your brain sharp and young don’t use aluminium pressure cookers or indeed any aluminium cooking or storage items. If you’re eating ready meals please don’t heat them up in the metal containers that they come in – they’re made from aluminium foil.
Pod Coffee Makers
I’ve started enjoying an occasional cup of coffee (organic of course and with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to reduce the acidity) and I was very tempted by the easy of the pod coffee makers that are becoming extremely popular. That was until I investigated them. There is a huge environmental impact with them, not just the amount of wasted resources but also the contamination of our water and land due to the chemicals that are released once they are in landfill sites.
Health wise you’re heating not only plastic but also aluminium as well. Yes, it’s for a very short space of time but the heat combined with the pressure really isn’t a good idea. Plastic chemicals like BPA, BPF, BPS and Phthalates are known endocrine (hormone) disruptors and could be contributing to hormone imbalance, weight gain and even fertility problems.
Use a cafeteria instead and make a little ritual out of the process. Grinding your beans is obviously the best option but if you don’t have time to do this step do what I do and store your ground coffee in the freezer and just take out the amount you need each time.
Just remember it’s the little things that you do everything day, repeatedly that affect how healthy you are. Make it easier on yourself and change the simple things first.