This Review presents 10 Ceramic Cookware Sets that we consider the best value for money in 2016. You might also be interested in our other cookware reviews:
Products here are divided into the following 2 categories:
- Budget & Mid-Range Products
- High-End Products
5 Best Budget & Mid-Range Ceramic Cookware Sets
5 Best Top-of-the-Range Ceramic Cookware Sets
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Why Are Ceramic Cookware Sets a Better Option
Compared to other non-stick cookware ceramic is considered healthier option. The reason is that standard non-stick materials contain or are produced with chemical considered harmful or potentially harmful to your health.
Ceramic Cookware coating is usually free of the following chemicals:
What Are These Chemicals and How Can They Be Harmful?
Here we are going to briefly describe the above chemicals – their purpose, possible health effects and the best ways to avoid their exposure.
PFOA is acronym for perfluoroctanoate, a synthetic chemical not occurring naturally in the environment. PFOA can cause developmental effects, diabetes and chronic renal disease. Its exposure to small children is of special concern.
PFOA is also very persistent, breaks down very slowly and remains in the human body for a very long time. Most Ceramic Cookware is free of this hazardous chemical.
PTFE means polytetrafluorethylene. It is mostly used in Teflon based cookware. PTFE itself is not considered toxic. However, at high temperatures above 680 degrees it transforms to other harmful chemicals which can pose a danger to your health.
PTFE, like PFOA is very persistent and can stay in human body for a long time. While in short term it’s not considered toxic, its long term exposure has unknown effects.
Another problem is that Teflon pans release toxic gasses at temperatures as low as 460 degrees Fahrenheit. For that reason it may be wise to avoid all cookware that contains PTFE.
Cadmium is a heavy metal. Like most heavy metals it is extremely toxic. Cadmium’s most common way to human body is through inhalation of toxic gases.
Acute exposure to cadmium can cause flu-like symptoms, fever and muscle pain. Chronic or severe exposure can lead to tracheo-bronchitis, pneumonitis, and pulmonary edema.
It can also cause weak bones, losing bone mineral density or even a cancer. Cadmium is extra dangerous to small children – it can cause them a brain damage.
In the past Cadmium was added into red, orange and yellow paint of enameled cooking pots. It should not happen today. However, many pots these days are produced in China where safety regulations are weaker. For this reason we advise caution when buying all painted cookware.
Lead, similarly as Cadmium is dangerous heavy metal. Lead poisoning can be extra dangerous, especially for children under the age of 6.
Lead exposure will cause symptoms like fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, stomach discomfort, reduced attention span or insomnia. In case of prolonged exposure it can also cause conditions such as poor muscle coordination, nerve damage, hearing and vision impairment or retarded fetal development.
Even some Ceramic Cookware may contain it since lead. That’s because lead is sometimes used for glazing of ceramic coating.
Acidic foods such as oranges, tomatoes or vinegar may cause lead leaks into your food.
Western countries have strict rules about maximum acceptable levels of lead in cookware and other household products. This may not be the case in some developing countries.
Before buying any cookware, make sure that it is free of PFOA, PFTE, Cadmium and Lead. Or at least choose one that is within the government’s approved limits.
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