Research Reveals Detrimental Health Effects of Gas Stoves


Worldsfeed Health Desk:

Gas stoves might not be great for our health, says a study from Purdue University. The research found that cooking with a gas stove releases tiny particles, even smaller than dust, that can go into our lungs and organs. This is a big deal because these particles, called nanocluster aerosols, can be harmful to our health.

About 38% of homes in the U.S. use gas stoves, but this number varies across states. In California, it’s around 70%, while in Florida, it’s only 8%. Last year, there was talk about banning gas stoves due to concerns about indoor air pollution, but it didn’t happen.

The study focused on particles one to three nanometers in size, which are super tiny and hard to see. These particles can enter our respiratory system and spread to other organs, posing health risks. The researchers found that cooking on a gas stove in a lab setup could release a huge number of these particles—up to 10 quadrillion per kilogram of cooking fuel. This is similar to or even more than what petrol and diesel engines produce.

The study suggests that people living with gas stoves might breathe in 10 to 100 times more of these tiny particles from cooking than from car exhaust on a busy street. The researchers recommend using an exhaust fan to help redirect these particles away from our respiratory system, but more research is needed to confirm this.

Previous studies have shown that kids living in homes with gas stoves are more likely to develop asthma. One study found that about 13% of childhood asthma cases in the U.S. are linked to using gas stoves. So, it seems like there’s more to explore about the potential health risks of cooking with gas.


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