According to WebMD, a new study shows a link between non-stick cookware and elevated cholesterol in children. That finding may help parents learn how to eliminate that risk from their children. High cholesterol levels can cause several health risks including heart disease. That means that kids who have an elevated level of cholesterol could be in danger in later life. The chemicals used in non-stick cookware is what the study is targeted at. There is not concrete proof that the chemicals has caused the elevated rise in cholesterol in children, but there is enough information that it will be further studied and investigated.
This should be a warning to parents that they should possibly take a good look at the types of tools they use to cook with in order to lower their children’s risk for elevated cholesterol levels. Make yourself aware of all the possible risk and understand that the pots and pans you are buying are treated with chemicals that make it non-stick. That means that whatever you are cooking also gets a dose of whatever chemicals are in the pots and pans.
Although it is true that most people won’t change every bad habit that they have just because there may be a risk. This is a risk that isn’t worth taking because it involves children that have no choice in the matter. If you use non-stick cookware which also includes some of those plastic spoons you use to stir with, you might want to reconsider and get cookware that doesn’t have the chemicals that non-stick cookware has. This may not be practical at this time, but if you are considering purchasing new cookware anyway, it may pay off for your children if you look into alternate products.
We have enough problems just trying to control the cholesterol that we know is there. It may turn out that it isn’t just the foods that we eat that are causing the high cholesterol issues in the United States but the very tools we use to cook that food with. There is no doubt that non-stick cookware is convenient. It is much easier to make “pretty” foods with it and it is much easier to clean up afterwards. There is usually a price for convenience though. It just depends on how high of a price we want to pay so we spend a few less minutes per day cleaning up in the kitchen.
As with every early study, it will take many more tests and trials to see just how much these chemicals in non-stick cookware will affect the cholesterol levels of children and possibly adults as well. However, early findings suggest that we may want to be more aware of not only what we eat, but what we cook with as well.