If you’ve heard about the dangers of traditional nonstick cookware and are searching desperately for the perfect alternative solution, look no further. There is one healthy, effective alternative grounded in scientific research: ceramic nonstick cookware by GreenPan.

My own interim between discovering ceramic nonstick cookware and banishing unsafe traditional-nonstick was a veritable purgatory—a decade-long purgatory! Despite my culinary know-how and background as a food-savvy nutritionist, meals would all too easily burn and stick to pots and pans no matter how high-quality the cookware. And there were the headaches I suffered from scrubbing them clean…So, I found myself avoiding cooking. Worse, I found myself less excited about food.

Like many mature food-loving women in the throes of a decade-long cooking-dilemma, I blamed my mother. After all, it was she–a concerned eco-conscious citizen–who hid every single traditional nonstick pan in the house, insisting she didn’t want me to “poison” myself. At the time, I thought her to be extreme, but the research validating her claims kept pouring in. And so for the next ten-plus years, I fantasized about my knight in shining armor that would save me from the dungeon-tower of my culinary distress. Then, five years, ago my knight showed up in the form of GreenPan–its armor: ceramic nonstick THERMOLON technology.

The pioneer in safe ceramic-cookware technology, GreenPan is celebrating five years as the internationally renowned industry-leader committed to good health, simplified cooking, delicious food, and stylish sustainable design. Well-traveled foodies across the globe use GreenPan products because they know the brand guarantees both quality results and safety not found in traditional nonstick cookware.

Almost all traditional nonstick pans get their nonstick properties via the chemical PTFE (polytetrafluoroethlene). Introduced commercially in 1949, Teflon by Dupont is one of the most well-known brand names for PTFE, which patented the chemical in 1945. PTFE is relatively stable only up to 500°F. Once temperatures surpass 500°F, PTFE begins to decompose and emit multiple toxic chemicals. When we cook at higher temperatures with traditional nonstick pans we render the pans unusable, and create fumes hazardous to our respiratory systems. This is bad news because most of us tend to cook at very high temperatures without realizing it.

PFOA (Perflueoroctoanoic acid, or C8, sometimes C6)–a byproduct of manufacturing PTFE-containing cookware is a known carcinogen. PFOA’s molecular durability inhibits it from breaking down once it reaches the environment, including our bodies. This can lead to extensive buildup and a dangerous accumulation of the chemical in the food chain. Recent research on PFOA exposure reveals a likely link to testicular and kidney cancer.

GreenPan’s THERMOLON is made of a completely non-toxic mineral-based coating—exactly the same materials used to make glass and pottery for centuries. THERMOLON provides a superior nonstick cooking surface that is stable up to 850°F, produces no toxic fumes, and zero blistering or peeling of the coating. GreenPan’s THERMOLON-coated pans contain zero PTFE or PFOA. What’s more, THERMOLON also allows GreenPan cookware to conduct heat better than traditional nonstick pans, and requires less energy for cooking—60 percent fewer CO2-emissions than PTFE-coated cookware. When Belgium-based GreenPan launched its first products in the U.S. just five years ago, it sold 100,000 pans in four hours, making it clear the world was ready for a shift away from toxic traditional nonstick cookware.

With so many innovative features, Organic Authority’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Laura Klein, decided to put to the test a 9.5″ nonstick fry pan from GreenPan’s San Francisco collection. Laura raved, “Many old nonstick pans (which I threw out years ago) are thin and burn foods easily, but GreenPan has a nice heavy weight which combined with the the ceramic technology conducts heat evenly without creating hot spots. I can brown foods easily for an extra layer of yummy goodness with this pan—without worrying about PTFE and PFOA. Plus, it’s super easy to clean!” Of course, Laura made sure to use non-metal cooking utensils, like bamboo and wood, with her GreenPan (plastic utensils release toxins into your food and it melts—yuck!). Laura declared, “I now have a safe non-stick pan in my kitchen that I trust, love and use daily.” 

GreenPan has proved ceramic nonstick cookware is no passing fad. Learn more about GreenPan at www.green-pan.us.

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