December 4, 2023


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Why ALL Parchment Paper is Poisonous

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The most important well being dangers of unbleached and PFAS-free parchment paper merchandise and why Grandma’s different technique is one of the best strategy in spite of everything.

toxic unbleached parchment paper and baking cups with muffins on wooden table

I’ve made a significant improve over the previous few years to my baking routine, and I wished to share this vital change with all of you!

I not use parchment paper or baking cups of any measurement or model in my baking routine in any respect.

These of you who’ve been studying this weblog for a very long time will keep in mind that I used to make use of it to cowl my aluminum bakeware to guard the meals from heavy steel publicity.

Little did I do know on the time that I used to be swapping one set of poisons for one more!

Once I recommend ditching ALL manufacturers of parchment paper, this contains unbleached brands such as “If You Care” which persistently receives excessive accolades for security and has many “inexperienced” certifications equivalent to compostable and biodegradable in addition to the coveted EU Ecolabel. (1)

I’ve warned earlier than that “inexperienced” merchandise usually are not essentially wholesome.

Unbleached parchment paper of all sizes and varieties is a main instance!

Unbleached Parchment Paper Isn’t Secure (even when PFAS-free)

Whereas bleached parchment paper is kind of clearly greatest prevented because of the potential for chlorine residues from the bleaching course of, the hazard from unbleached varieties is extra stealthy.

Whereas marketed as “chlorine-free”, unbleached baking paper is definitely coated with silicone.

What precisely is silicone anyway? Is it the identical factor as silicon, the pure ingredient with the chemical image Si and atomic quantity 14?

They’re removed from the identical factor, because it seems!

silicone coated unbleached parchment paper

Artificial Rubber

In accordance with Scientific American, silicone is an artificial rubber. Its chemical title is siloxane.

Silicone [siloxane], an artificial rubber manufactured from bonded silicon (a pure ingredient plentiful in sand and rock) and oxygen, is more and more filling this area of interest. The versatile but sturdy materials, which has confirmed well-liked in muffin pans, cupcake liners, spatulas and different utensils, can go from freezer to oven (as much as 428 levels Fahrenheit), is non-stick and stain-resistant, and in contrast to standard cookware, is available in a spread of vibrant and cheery colours. (2)

Sounds so secure, doesn’t it?

Producers know that conflating a man-made materials with a pure one by making their names nearly similar makes it really easy to confuse the general public!

Whereas producers insist that silicone is secure and inert, I encourage to vary.

Silicone Leaches into Meals

Research have proven that silicone can migrate into meals at regular cooking and baking temperatures.

Though silicone elastomers exhibit a excessive diploma of thermal stability and glorious resistance to growing old, excessive temperatures result in depolymerization of the elastomer, with subsequent volatilization and migration [into food] of sure substances. (3)

Inflammatory Results

As well as, medical units that include silicone implanted within the physique have proven deleterious well being results.

Thus, it will appear that silicone that’s ingested could very effectively pose well being dangers. This would come with an inflammatory response at minimal. (4)

In actual fact, it appears to me that the FDA has fully dropped the ball on investigating whether or not siloxanes are as “inert” as claimed particularly in the case of their widespread use in silicone baking molds and kitchenware.

No follow-up research have ever been performed since 1979 to evaluate this vital query with regard to the implications for long-term well being. (5)

Endocrine Disruption, Tumors, Most cancers

Whereas the FDA hasn’t performed a lot to make sure silicone is secure, the EU has.

The European Union classifies siloxanes as a Class 1 endocrine disruptor. (6)

As well as, silicone, aka siloxanes, could cause uterine tumors and reproductive points, presumably even resulting in infertility. (7)

The ultimate nail within the coffin is that siloxanes are additionally a carcinogen and may trigger liver harm. (8)

Unbleached parchment paper coated with siloxane doesn’t sound so inert and secure anymore, does it?

No marvel they picked the euphemism “silicone” for this poisonous substance!

The right way to Ditch Parchment Paper for GOOD

Since ditching unbleached parchment paper a number of years in the past, I’ve been baking the old school method.

Identical to my Grandma did! Seems (for the umpteenth time), that she actually DID know greatest!

I grease and flour muffin cups, pizza pans, and cookie sheets earlier than including the dough and putting it within the oven.

I’m additionally now utilizing stainless-steel baking sheets and pans (this brand).

“Grease and Flour” Method

There is no such thing as a magic to greasing and flouring a baking floor.

Merely slather a skinny movie of wholesome, excessive smokepoint fats on the floor of the pan(s) that can contact the meals.

Then, sprinkle a little bit of flour excessive. You should utilize your fingers to do that (a pinch of flour at a time). That’s what I do.

Or, you need to use a small strainer.

The flour doesn’t have to completely cowl the greased portion of the pan, and also you don’t want to combine it into the oil.

That’s all there’s to it!

I exploit expeller-pressed “no style” coconut oil and a dusting of selfmade gluten-free sprouted flour mix for this process.

The excellent news is that this technique works spectacularly effectively.

Your cupcakes will come out of these muffin pans simply as simply as a poisonous unbleached baking cup.

Cookies will slide off the cookie sheet with a spatula rapidly and 100% intact.

The draw back is…

Extra Time, Larger Mess

The additional step to grease and flour baking pans and cookie sheets undoubtedly takes extra time.

As well as, it may be a bit messy at first till you get the grasp of it.

Soaking and even elbow grease is usually essential to get these muffin tins and cookie sheets clear too.

Even nonetheless, I really feel so significantly better doing it this manner.

I’ve taken nice care to supply the components correctly, it will be such a disgrace to wreck the dish with a poisonous silicone residue from a greenwashed “chlorine and PFAS-free” product!

What About Unheated Makes use of?

Whereas the hazard of utilizing unbleached, silicone-coated parchment paper for baking is lower and dry, what about makes use of at room or refrigerated temperature?

The well being points from utilizing unbleached parchment paper are markedly much less for this situation.

Nonetheless, after cautious thought, I’ve chosen to not use it in any respect. The analysis popping out in regards to the risks of siloxanes is simply too regarding!

The potential for residue within the meals continues to be current even at room temperature or within the fridge/freezer.

Silicone will not be one thing I would like in my physique even within the tiniest quantities on condition that it’s a persistent toxin within the atmosphere.

Since there are safer merchandise to wrap and retailer meals, I felt most snug ditching any and all types of unbleached parchment paper.

Have you ever realized the risks of parchment paper to your long-term well being? What steps have you ever taken to eradicate it out of your baking routine?

unbleached PFAS-free baking cups and parchment paper on wooden table with muffins


(1) If You Care Certifications

(2) Silicone Tally: How Hazardous Is the New Submit-Teflon Rubberized Cookware

(3) Warmth stability and migration from silicone baking molds

(4, 5) Is Silicone a Plastic?

(6, 7) The Soiled Dozen: Siloxanes

(8) What are Siloxanes: Chemical Free Dwelling

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