Toxic substances in baking paper: If used incorrectly, it becomes dangerous
Created: 11/30/2022, 11:02 am
By: Dominik Jahn
Baking cookies at Christmas time is at the top of most families' bucket lists.
But many consumers are not even aware that a mistake can be harmful to their health.
In certain circumstances, parchment paper should not be used.
As every year at Christmas, there is not only the question of the celebratory meal for Christmas Eve.
reports, consumers should pay particular attention to the goose scam this year.
But you should also be careful when baking cookies.
What very few people know: Using the baking paper incorrectly can be dangerous.
There are toxins lurking.
The food forum of the consumer advice center shows that baking paper is one of the food commodities and is therefore subject to the corresponding EU-wide regulations.
In principle, it must therefore not contain any harmful components or release them into food.
But a mistake in baking could release toxins.
Why does baking paper need certain ingredients at all?
The health online portal of journalists and specialists "Praxis Vita" also emphasizes that improper use can be harmful and have serious health consequences.
But how do the toxins get into the baking paper in the first place?
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According to the portal, this is
“paper that is coated so that it can better withstand the high temperatures in the oven and does not immediately soak when it comes into contact with liquids”
The problem: In order to achieve the desired effect,
"however, ingredients are also used that are toxic and can be harmful to the body if used incorrectly"
What's in the parchment paper?
Toxins in baking paper: what is in it?
According to the report, baking paper is usually coated with either silicone or quilon.
It goes on to say about the two substances:
is the name for a group of synthetic polymers in which silicon atoms are linked via oxygen atoms.
Quilon is a combination of chromium salts and fats"
According to the valid EU directives, however, no component may be released into food during use.
However, these specifications only apply if used properly.
Using baking paper incorrectly puts your health at risk.
Especially now in the Christmas season you should definitely pay attention to the correct handling when baking cookies.
Make sure the baking paper is at the right temperature
The biggest mistake consumers make is when setting the temperature.
As consumer protection writes, among other things, you should always stick to the maximum temperature specified by the manufacturer of usually 220 degrees (with Quilon often already 200 °C).
If you don't follow this, you risk dangerous side effects, not only when baking cookies.
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The consumer experts write:
"At higher temperatures, undesirable substances can form and transfer from the baking paper to the food.
Permissible maximum amounts of these substances may then be exceeded"
What else should you pay attention to:
Always replace parchment paper when it becomes brittle.
Replace parchment paper when discolored.
And: Never put baking paper in the oven while it is preheating.
In "Praxis Vita" it is also pointed out that baking paper should no longer be used if it is brittle, as it can catch fire.
The silicone coating then burns off very quickly.
Combustion pollutants are released into the ambient air.
This can cause breathing difficulties.
The exact effects on the body have not yet been fully researched.
The substances are therefore
"but suspected of causing diseases such as rheumatism or promoting concentration disorders"
Alternatives to baking paper
If you want to reduce the dangers of toxins when baking, you can also use alternatives to baking paper.
Possibilities would be, for example, greasing the baking tray or a permanent baking foil and baking mats.