Unfortunately, a lot of dishes are chock-full of lead, cadmium, and other very unsafe and harmful chemicals. Read on to find out if that precious vintage set you’ve kept for ages is safe.
Lead is a dangerous toxic substance that poses a risk to your body. Lead is mostly used in decorating and glazing dinnerware to give it a shiny, colorful & bright finish.
And to be on the safe side, I stick to white dishes with no fancy artwork. Just like lead, BPA can also seep into your food through your dinnerware.
This is another heavy metal that can affect your kidneys, bones, and lungs. I try to stick to brands that ensure both lead and cadmium free dinnerware through third-party testing.
This is a chemical used to soften plastics, so they don’t break so easily. You’ll find it in plastic food containers, some children’s toys, and even self-care products like shampoos, soaps, nail varnish, etc.
That used to be easy because our dishes were made out of porcelain or glass, but now everything’s going the way of plastic. In our children’s toys, bottles, dishes, even many foods, and beverages are stored in plastic.
And it’s potentially very toxic, especially if used daily over a long period of time. Studies show that plastic releases harmful chemicals like phthalates into your food and drinks.
These can lead to potential health problems like impaired immunity, kidney disease, cardiovascular disorders, infertility, etc. Melamine is made of plastic material, which makes it lightweight and durable.
However, make sure every batch of dishes you buy is third-party tested to be free from lead, cadmium and other heavy metals. The clay is heated at very high temperatures to make it durable and non -porous.
You will find that most porcelain tableware is coated with glazes, paint and decorations to make it pretty. Again, let’s choose “health” over “pretty” and consider going for the plain Jane dishes.
It is gently mixed with porcelain clay, fired at very low temperatures to produce lightweight and delicate dinnerware. Unless it’s been tested and confirmed otherwise, it probably contains lead or cadmium traces.
Last update on 2021-01-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Corell Embossed Bella Fauna 16-Pc Dinnerware Set, White REVOLUTIONARY MATERIAL-Corelle’s durability is due to its unique sandwich construction which bonds...
Last update on 2021-01-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Leno Opal Innocence Platinum-Banded Bone China is a toxic -free brand you can get.
Last update on 2021-01-03 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API Anchor Hocking 8-Inch Presence Glass Salad Plate, Set of 12is another great choice.
Made from 100% ceramic material, This 4-Piece Extreme Minnows Set is free from lead and cadmium. These nesting bowls can save you valuable cabinet space too.
Children are fragile and their little bodies are more vulnerable to the effects of heavy metals than adults. Bamboo is all you need to make the dinner time fun and enjoyable for your munchkin.
Make sure you buy 304-grade stainless steel because it has higher corrosion resistance. So get ready for some unwanted music (read noise) when you opt for this material.
Also, California passed a law in 1986 commonly known as proposition 65 that indicates the lead limit should be under 0.5 mcg per day. Just so you know, being FDA approved doesn’t mean the item is lead free.
You can check your local area for any laboratories that do CFR testing. If your dinnerware was made in the 60s or earlier, chances are high it’s loaded with toxins.
This is because at that time, there were no single regulations against use of heavy metals or chemicals, especially lead and cadmium. Avoid serving or storing acidic foods in plastic.
As a rule of thumb, I’d go for plain glass, bamboo, or stainless steel dinnerware. And for your kids, bamboo and stainless steel are the best and safest options.
Glass, bamboo, stainless steel, and non -glazed ceramic are the least toxic options when it comes to dishes. Corell has some as well as Anchor Hocking, Extreme, and Leno are some brands that make lead free dishes.