Is Ceramic Cookware Safe?

The latest entrant into the crowded and competitive non stick cookware arena is ceramic cookware, which is actually the oldest form of cookware in the world,  that pre-dates modern civilization made from clay and water.   Due to the materials used in making ceramic cookware, particularly the colors applied to the clay, questions naturally arise, such as is ceramic Cookware Safe?

In older cookware, cadmium was often used to blend and enhance the colors in the outer shell.  Many states, including California banned the use of cadmium in cookware several years ago, since cadmium exposure is linked to cancer.

Cermacor, the makers of Xtrema Ceramic Cookware have gone even a step further than just claiming to have cadmium-free cookware, they have had their ceramic cookware tested and certified to be 100% cadmium free and lead free for your safety and satisfaction.

Ceramic cookware is the true green cookware, made predominantly from two ingredients found naturally and plentifully on earth – water and clay.  Ceramic cookware sets are free of toxic PFOA , which is short for perfluorinated carboxylic acid and PTFE – Polytetrafluoroethylene.  These two synthetic compounds are applied to metal or aluminum cookware that give it that well known black, slippery non-stick coating.  PFOA and PTFE are not used together.  They are both often marketed as Teflon, which is made by DuPont.  You can learn about the risks of PFOA and PTFE Cookware here.

 

Is Ceramic Coated Cookware the same as Ceramic Cookware?

 

Ceramic coated cookware, while having a ceramic outer coating, is not 100% inorganic ceramic cookware and can become reactive, meaning if overheated or damaged, the base metal can leach into your food and cause potential dangerous health issues.  Ceramic coated cookware starts with a metal pan, usually aluminum or copper, and then is dipped into a liquid ceramic bath to coat the cookware.

Ceramic coated cookware is often marketed as an affordable green cookware, or PTFE or PFOA-free non-stick cookware, that often sells for less than $200 for a complete cookware set.  If you want the benefits of ceramic cookware, don’t skimp with a cheap ceramic coated cookware, and buy a real ceramic cookware set.

Since ceramic-coated cookware is not made from 100% inorganic clay, the base metal pan can leach potentially toxic chemicals from the food you cook into your body; it may not chip, crack or break if dropped or mishandled, as real ceramic cookware can.

Follow the link to learn about the best ceramic cookware that is made from inorganic materials, is PFOA-free and glaze creates a natural chemical-free non stick coating.  This is the true green cookware that won’t leach chemicals into your food.

While ceramic cookware will effectively last forever with proper care, ceramic coated cookware will degrade with normal use over time, and you will eventually see pits, or scratches appear.  Most ceramic coated cookware lasts 1 to 3 years.  By saving a few dollars now with ceramic coated cookware, you will have spent more than the cost of a good ceramic cookware set when you have to replace your ceramic coated cookware, or are forced to buy a more expensive cookware set.

 

What about the Cooking Surface?

 

The attractive colors on the shell and cooking surface of your ceramic cookware should state that the cooking surface is coated with natural, non-reactive, cadmium free and lead free materials.  Real ceramic cookware can handle temperatures of nearly 2000º Fahrenheit,  which would melt your other metal and non-stick cookware.

If they have nothing to hide, any ceramic cookware line would be proud to include test results showing their ceramic cookware is non reactive, cadmium free, lead free and is 100% PFOA and PTFE free.  If you can’t find this information, then you are looking at ceramic coated cookware.

Walk out and buy Xtema Ceramic Cookware, which is proud to display their test results.

 

What Temperatures Can Ceramic Cookware Handle?

 

Most home cooks will never cook at temperatures beyond the ranges from 350 to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.  Non stick cookware can only handle stove top temperatures to Medium, and oven temperatures to 350 degrees.

Ceramic cookware can handle temps up to nearly 2000 degrees, a temperature most home oven don’t even reach.  If you have the desire to melt metal, Xtrem Ceramic Cookware will easily handle temperatures approaching the center of the earth….now that’s hot!

 

Learn the 12 Benefits of Ceramic Cookware

 

In Conclusion

Whenever a new line of cookware enters the market, eventually people will begin to ask if the cookware is safe.  Even though ceramic cookware has been in use for millions of years, and the technology to make ceramic cookware has improved, it is still made only with ingredients found naturally in the earth – clay and water, so you know it is safe, as compared to Teflon coated pans made with toxic chemicals developed in a lab.

Leading ceramic cookware manufacturers had their cookware certified  by a respected third party lab that ceramic cookware is free of cadmium, lead, PFOA and PTFE before it entered the market.  Teflon coated cookware was never tested, and questions arose nearly 50 years after it entered the market, due to potential dangerous health risks, then it was finally tested and the conclusion was alarming.

To answer the question – Is Ceramic Cookware Safe?   The answer is yes.

 

Read our Xtrema Ceramic Cookware Review

 

You can read our Xtrema Cookware Review Here and learn about this amazing green cookware that is not only safer than non stick cookware, it performs as well or better than most non stick cookware, and can be used in appliances that non stick cookware can’t go, such as an oven, microwave oven or grill.

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Ken Weiss

Ken Weiss is a blogger and stay at home dad.He is the founder of the-cookingpot.com, a cooking blog for stay at home dads, that offers cookware reviews, easy recipes and tips on how to make money with a blog.

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