If your kitchen is adding to the toxicity of your body,
random pain and illness can find you.
Finding toxic-free cookware is tricky,
but it can be done.
Eating from plates with lead, or other contaminants, allows food to absorb the toxicity. Storing food on these plates or heating on them, increases the opportunity for exposure. Cutting plated food with a knife will also help to break through safety glazes into contaminants. For this reason, chipped plates or cups should be a concern. Can you imagine the exposure from pouring hot coffee into a lead contaminated mug everyday?
It’s fairly common to be poisoned by dinner plates and cookware, but your kitchen's heavy metals are rarely suspect. Most continue to use their existing kitchen utensils and never remove the contaminant while illness lingers.
If you ask a salesperson, even high end stores, to direct you to their lead-free products you will likely hear that all goods are absolutely lead-free. That is because salespeople believe what most of us believe. We can’t imagine a government agency allowing something as dangerous as lead or cadmium and other heavy metals in our kitchens. What they don’t know is that in the USA, the FDA has an allowable limits for contaminants, including lead, in your dinnerware. They regard these limits as “safe.” What the FDA doesn’t know, is that your body has no allowable room for lead or poisons.
It sounds crazy but having been there and done that twice, I can give clear warning that it is not only possible, but it can kill you. My first encounter was with dinnerware I brought back from Mexico with the guarantee that they were lead free. The toxicity took 15 years to be enough to keep me in bed full time, but there were many years of illness and misdiagnosed chronic conditions before I finally discovered that I was eating lead, arsenic and cadmium with every meal.
It seems impossible, but I did it again when I replaced my plates. Shopping at the most expensive store I could find, I asked for lead-free plates and used those for another 15 years, while trying to detox regularly. I was losing the battle and lead levels would not go down until, I connected the dots and investigated. My very expensive plates also had lead. Although the levels were acceptably by law, they were high enough to maintain dangerous levels in my body which was already mercury poisoned.
The pursuit for clean, cleaner and cleanest living goes. It takes vigilance to search out clean products. When found, I always write to manufacturer's CEO and ask them to label boxes "Lead Free" as a means of causing awareness.