Ceramic coated cookware is considered a safer non-stick alternative to Teflon. However, it also raises some health concerns. The ceramic coating can be easily damaged, which can cause the metal to come into direct contact with food. In the case of some metal alloys, this can be potentially harmful to health.
A typical ceramic paint coating is a nano liquid polymer consisting of several ingredients that work together to generate a protective coating for vinyl, glass, metal, etc. If you are switching from stainless steel or cast iron cookware to ceramic coated cookware, you will need to experiment to determine the amount of oil or butter you will need in your new pan. The risk of pans being knocked or scratched inside the dishwasher is quite high, and a small scratch can destroy the non-stick coating over time. Although ceramic cookware is often claimed to be a healthy alternative to Teflon, some ceramic cookware contains heavy metals that can be harmful to health.
This helps reduce the need to cook with fat, butter or oil, making ceramic cookware a healthier choice. The manufacturer processes the non-stick coating by dipping the cookware into the gel through the curing process or you may just spray the gel on the cookware. Whether it's the new buzzword "graphene coating" or the DIY version of a 9H ceramic coating that is "easy to apply", the range of products being sold to car enthusiasts is pretty pathetic to be frank. I'm not quite sure how this is possible, but if you swallow a ceramic coating, you'd better rinse your mouth out with water as soon as possible.
Pfluon or Ceramical is certified PFOA-free according to their website and with the blessing of the USDA. The best way to protect your family members is to use these pans on low heat and discard any pan that shows signs of wear on the ceramic surface coating. Although ceramic coatings are often free of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene or Teflon), be aware that these coatings can introduce health risks of their own. Calphalon cookware has been around for quite some time and was one of the first manufacturers of Teflon-coated products.
Below, I would like to share with you some hidden secrets you should know about the safety of ceramic cookware.