The kitchen is one of the best places on our home This is where we spend time with our families first thing in the morning and this is where we debrief about all the drama that took place at school, at the dinner table.
But on a more serious note, who doesn’t go in the kitchen more than once day Imagine how life would be if we didn’t have this majestic venue designed just for making food. But wait a minute, if the kitchen is one of the best places in the home then it better be a healthy environment If not then literally millions of people might be exposed to health risks! According to the World Health Organization, over 4 million people die every year from illnesses related to household air pollution Causes of death are related to a respiratory and cardiovascular systems They may include stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer. So, you may be wondering: Can I get heart disease from cooking food? Good question! Burning solid fuels, like wood or coal, generates large amounts of pollutants. But even modern cooking methods can affect indoor air quality. When gas burners are used, carbon monoxide, nitrogen monoxide, and formaldehyde can be produced. These gases are toxic impose a health risk Carbon monoxide specifically reduces the amount of oxygen delivered by to our body because it binds very tightly to hemoglobin in our red blood cells and prevents them from being able to carry oxygen. Electric Menace might be a better option but not the best. Electric burners do not produce carbon monoxide or any toxic gas but they do produce ultrafine particles. These are like dust particles, but 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of your hair strand. They can enter our lungs, reach our blood stream and then they can be transported to other organs, like the heart, the liver, or the brain. Researchers in our lab are working to understand the air pollutants in our kitchen and how to improve air quality in one of our favorite places in the world But while researchers are working on this, there are ways to keep your kitchen air safer: Using a range hood or opening vents while cooking is a great way to improve ventilation and to remove toxic gases and particles from your kitchen. Doing this will decrease health risks caused by air pollutants.