Crock pots are something we all have used at some point or even use several times a week. This is something that can be quite bad for our health depending on what kind of crock pot you’re using.
Some crock pots actually leak lead into the food you are cooking in them. As these crock pots, age and become scratched or dented they leach more and more lead. Lead is something we already know the dangers of so why are crock pots being coated with a glaze that contains lead? Even a small amount of lead exposure can do serious damage over time. This is because lead builds up inside your body gradually.
Lead exposure can cause serious long-term health issues and can cause disease in every single organ in our bodies. It has been linked with things like cancer, cardiovascular issues, and even reproductive system damage. Lead is essentially a neurotoxin and extremely damaging to children. If you cannot give up your crock pot I strongly suggest you order a lead test and see just how much lead your crock pot is leaking.
Examine your crock pot carefully and if it is cracked, scratched, or damaged in any way buy a new one. The risk of exposure is much higher when your bowl is worn out. When choosing a replacement crock pot go for one that is lead-free, yes there is such a thing and it can be found if you click here.
Deciding which course of action is best for you and your family is up to you. Lead is something that can and will cause tons of health issues like high blood pressure, digestive issues, joint pain, brain damage to a fetus, and increase your chances of illness during pregnancy. Lead exposure is not something our children should be dealing with.
If you notice any of these signs of lead poisoning in yourself or your children do not hesitate to see a doctor:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pale skin
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Joint pain
When it comes to treatment for lead poisoning it really depends on how much lead has gotten into your blood. Reducing lead exposure is without a doubt the only way to prevent lead poisoning. Kids with severe levels generally have to be hospitalized, while your crock pot alone is not going to hospitalize your children it will contribute greatly thought their lifetime. Is your crock pot worth the risk?