Anyone that knows me, knows that I love to cook. I myself own a gas stove. Recently there has been a debate that has come into the kitchen about gas stoves vs. electric stoves and their negative impact on health and the environment.
Gas stoves are a common appliance in many homes, but they can have a negative impact on health if proper precautions are not taken. Here's what you need to know about the potential health risks associated with gas stoves.
Gas stoves release pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde into the air. These chemicals can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and eye irritation. Additionally, gas stoves can also emit particulate matter that can trigger allergies and asthma.
Exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant released by gas stoves, has been linked to increased risk of respiratory problems, such as asthma and bronchitis. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has listed nitrogen dioxide as a potential occupational carcinogen. This can be particularly problematic for people who spend a lot of time in the kitchen, such as those who cook frequently or work in commercial kitchens.
Some studies have linked exposure to nitrogen dioxide to an increased risk of certain cancers. While the evidence is not yet conclusive, it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with gas stoves.
Am I in the market to replace my existing gas stove? No, not yet... But I think at the end of the day it’s important to be aware of the science and research and to make our own educated decisions about our health and the health of those around us and the environment.