Smog In Your Kitchen

THURSDAY THOUGHTS

Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it?

My husband came home from work the other day saying he had just listened to a conversation on NPR regarding the pollutants that are created in our own homes when we cook on the stove-top. Back that truck up…we create health-hazardous emissions merely by cooking food on the stove??? Yep. In fact, a study was done in Southern California homes in which tenants cooked at least ONCE A WEEK and levels of nitrous dioxide were above the outside health limit! Yikes! Here I am cooking multiple times (or at least once) PER DAY on the stove, so I’m pretty sure my indoor pollutants are through the roof.

Fortunately, this article offers some helpful tips…which I will be adhering to from now on!

Cooking Tips
— Always turn your fan on
— Cook on the back burners
— Use highest fan setting
— Clean grease traps periodically
— If you don’t have a hood, open windows

The article has further recommendations if you are in the market for a new or more efficient (AKA pollutant-eating!) stove hood. Check it out here.

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