Million of people across the world are being diagnosed with cancer everyday. Cancer is not a single disease, but a group of related diseases. Many things in our genes, our lifestyle, and the environment around us can increase or decrease our risk of getting cancer. One of the ways to escape the deadly claws of cancer is to avoid using things that cause cancer. These are some commonly used household items that increase the risk of cancer. So use these with caution, or rather ban these items from your household:
If you overheat a Teflon pan, the coating can be infused into the food you cook in it. It also creates a very unhealthy (to your lungs) smoke if it gets extremely hot. Certain chemicals used in non-stick cookware can contribute to cancer, birth defects, flu-like symptoms, elevated cholesterol, abnormal thyroid hormone levels etc.
If you use metal utensils such as spatulas, spoons, or flippers in a Teflon pan, you can easily scratch it. Then you have a situation where the coating can flake off into your food, which is unhealthy.
If you do use a non-stick pan coated with PTFE, it’s probably just fine so long as you take a few precautions.
Teflon was chosen as a non-stick adhesive for a number of reasons including, presumably, safety since it is a non-reactive substance. Besides avoiding damaging the coating, the other thing to remember is when you are using Teflon pans, you should avoid heating them above 500 degrees. At high heat the coating begins to deteriorate and you may be subjecting yourself to a rare condition called “polymer fume fever”. Also, if your pan starts to show signs that the coating is damaged you might want to err on the safer side and just go ahead and replace it.
2. Artificial sweetener
Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes, but may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself. Artificial sweeteners are also known as intense sweeteners because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar.
Here is a list of some commonly used sweeteners and their better alternatives:
3. Plastic Bottles and Food Containers
Basically, here is the problem: Water is actually a very good “absorbant”. Because it is a polar substance, it attracts and bonds to other polar molecules very easily. Think salt, also a polar substance, being disolved in water. These polar molecules that the water is absorbing from its surroundings can be toxic to the body depending on the source.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to manufacture containers that won’t hand off polar molecules to the water it holds. This happens with metal containers like aluminum too.
4. Air Fresheners
Excessive use of air fresheners, especially those containing chemicals, are definitely harmful. Go for air fresheners that are light and natural.
Safety depends on concentration. The scents in air fresheners are the same as those you find in perfumes and cosmetic products. The maximum safe concentration of every ingredient is regulated and well studied for its different applications. Keep in mind that many substances can be dangerous in high concentrations, but safe in normal use, from caffeine to cinnamon to sunlight to lemon juice.
Commercial Cleaning Products
Ingredients like BPA, triclosan, parabens, are known to lead to hormonal imbalances and are commonly found in cleaning products. Combination of all these products are really bad for health and can be a catalyst for cancer in the long run.