I listen to Robb Wolf's podcast and it seems he is very much against storing/heating food in plastic (even avoiding plastic water bottles). And as far as I can tell, this even applies to BPA-free plastics. But, he cooks his bacon on a nonstick griddle and I believe has said he thinks the risks are relatively low from cooking on nonstick. I don't mean to single him out, as I think this is a fairly common them across the paleosphere, though I don't have any other specific references to cite.
To me (a layman), both of these are similar risks. I.e., not enough long-term use/studies to prove risk or no risk, but some good evidence they may be dangerous. At home, it was relatively easy for us to replace our plastic food containers with glass, so we did. For stovetop cooking, we've made an effort to use cast iron and stainless more, but it's been much harder to completely get rid of nonstick (and we just got a nice new big nonstick electric griddle as a gift).
Anyway, if it is a common theme that nonstick is less dangerous than storing in plastic (is it?), I'm nervous that maybe it's just because it's much easier to get rid of plastic than to completely replace nonstick? Or, is the evidence for plastic (even BPA-free) being dangerous actually much stronger than the evidence for nonstick?
asked byMike_T_1 (9402)
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on December 26, 2012
at 03:53 AM
My theory (completely unproven and without citations) is that what you're cooking on might more important than what you store in-- I have to believe that the application of high heat might release/transfer whatever evil lurks within non-stick far faster/more efficiently than storing cold food in plastic (again, totally theorizing).
That said, I only use glass for storage and cast iron for cooking. You can get cast iron for next to nothing (Lodge cast iron cookware is sold on both Amazon and Walmart and most pieces are under $20-- or you might get lucky in a thrift store and find some cast iron)-- and glass storageware, while more expensive initially than plastic storageware, lasts a heck of a lot longer: buy it once, buy it right and all that good stuff-- plus it saves effort and energy as it is (usually) freezer, oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.