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The Toxin-Inducing Cookware Andrew Zimmern Avoids Like The Plague
During an AMA session on YouTube, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern shared what kitchen items he avoids due to the presence of toxins — and suggested safer alternatives.
Zimmern avoids non-stick pans, as they often contain harmful chemicals like PFAS, PFOA, and PTFE. He suggests using pans by brands like Scanpan that make chemical-free cookware.
The chef, who personally uses carbon steel or stainless steel pans, noted that carbon steel pans can be used like a non-stick pan when seasoned correctly.
Simply heat the pan and add a thin layer of oil to it until it starts to smoke. Repeat the process a few times, and the food will no longer stick to the pan.
Other items Zimmern avoids include plastic utensils and cutting boards, canned food produced in the U.S., and any form of processed, factory-made food.