Is using a stove really hazardous to health? What the experts say
The latest news reports that stove heating is unhealthy. What does the research say about this cooking method, and what decisions should we consider?
According to a study by Reveal Marketing Research, 43% Romanians claim to cook daily or almost daily, and data shows that cooked food is important for both adults and children.
Of course, among the methods that can be used for cooking, one can single out: cooking on a stove, on an electric stove, on a grill or without heat preparation. But which method is good for health?
There is no doubt that a recent report cited by Greenpeace Romania announces that the methane gas stove has been removed from the list of healthy cooking methods because it leads to carbon dioxide pollution in the home above the limits set in the EU level. What do the experts say about this?
Stove heating can cause headaches, dizziness, or asthma
According to UC Irvine ecology and biology professor Steve Ellison, quoted by Better Life, “Even when the stove is off, it can release pollutants into the air. The main culprits are chemicals such as benzene, a strong carcinogen, and methane, a strong greenhouse gas.”
Dr. Randa Jaafar notes that exposure to these pollutants can cause asthma and even cancer over time. "Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) can cause breathing problems such as bronchitis or asthma, and even lung cancer." “Long-term exposure to NO2 can also lead to reduced lung function and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections,” adds the doctor.
Another consequence of using the stove is exposure to carbon monoxide (CO), which, according to the expert, can cause headaches, dizziness, weakness, and nausea.
What solutions do we have?
Experts say proper ventilation reduces potential health risks. When preparing food, make sure the room is well ventilated, leave a window open or use a fan. It is equally important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Another solution for your safety and the safety of others is to replace this cooking method with an electric stove.