The Best Non-Toxic Cutting Boards for Your Kitchen

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One of the things I’m always trying to do as a homemaker is look for the healthiest options when it comes what goes in or on our bodies. This includes what we use to prepare our food. There are so many options out there when it comes to products to prepare, cook, and store your food. 

Today we are going to talk about the best cutting boards you can use in your kitchen that are the least toxic. Food preparation is just as important as what you use to cook your food, so choosing a safe cutting board is pretty essential if you’re aiming for a low-tox kitchen as a home cook. 

We’re going to discuss the difference between plastic cutting boards and wooden cutting boards, as well as the best non-toxic cutting board that I personally use in my kitchen. Let’s take a look at the toxins hiding in cutting boards and why we should avoid them.

If you’re just getting started with the process of switching to low-toxin options, I’d like to give a word of advice. Switching everything at once is both overwhelming and expensive! One of the reasons I’m writing this post is because I have a few plastic cutting boards that are needing to be replaced. I didn’t replace them right away, but now that I need new cutting boards, I want to make sure they are less toxic. 

The best non-toxic cutting boards

Toxic Chemicals Lurking in Your Cutting Boards

Plastic: One of the worst cutting boards you can use are plastic boards. They can be full of harmful chemicals and harmful substances that you really do not want transferring to your food.

Examples of endocrine disruptors in plastic boards include pthalates, DEHA, and Bisphenols. Inevitably, your plastic cutting board will get scratched, which will increase the risk of toxins or microplastics leaching into your food.

Did you know that plastic cutting boards are actually less hygienic than wooden cutting boards? A study from 1994 found that plastic cutting boards held onto bacterial growth significantly longer than wooden boards. Plastic can definitely be a breeding ground for bacteria, so that is something you definitely want to consider.

Antibacterial Cutting Boards – You want to avoid cutting boards that claim to have antibacterial properties. They are likely treated with Microban, which may contain Triclosan, another endocrine disruptor. This means cross contamination risk is high even with proper handwashing of the board because the bacteria can lurk in the scratches made by knife blades.

Composite Cutting Boards – Composite cutting boards such as SOME epicurean cutting boards and even bamboo boards are made with pieces that are glued together. The glue or resin that is used to hold the pieces of wood together is often made with formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. I would definitely avoid composite material and epicurean wood fiber made with harmful glues in my cutting board choices.

Chemical-Based Wood Stains – Avoid wood boards that are stained. The chemicals used in stain are definitely not safe for human consumption. You’ll also want to avoid wood boards treated with non-food grade mineral or acrylics and urethane. 

Safest Non-Toxic Cutting Boards

Non-Toxic Cutting Board Options

You have a few options for safe cutting boards, but they all have their pros and cons. 

Solid wood – Solid wood is my favorite option for a cutting board and is a popular choice. You’ll want to look for a solid piece of wood such as maple wood. You can even find solid bamboo cutting boards that are safe, as well. The main downside to wood boards is that they must be oiled from time to time. We’ll talk more about oiling in a bit. There is a certain way to clean and care for your wooden cutting boards. Wooden cutting boards can also be expensive, heavy, and more difficult to store, but with proper care they can last a lifetime.

100% Natural Rubber – If you know a professional chef, you may notice he uses these types of non-toxic cutting boards. You’ll need 100% high density rubber with no fillers in order for it to be non-toxic. This is one board that won’t dull your knife, but you will have to wash it by hand, as you will most non-toxic cutting board options.

Glass – Tempered glass is probably one of my least favorite options. You definitely don’t have to worry about these cutting boards holding on to bacteria, but they are known for creating dull knives pretty quickly. They can also break, so if you have a busy kitchen with kids helping to prepare their own food, these might not be one of your best options.

Stone – Make sure to opt for a stone cutting board like marble or granite that is naturally polished. Anything chemically sealed will be toxic. While these cutting boards look pretty, they can also be very hard on your knives. 

Silicone – If you’re looking for a flexible cutting board, silicone is a great option. It’s non-slip, doesn’t leach anything even with small cuts in it, and can withstand high temperatures. If I’m cutting raw meat, I prefer to use a surface like silicone, especially if it has a juice groove. I cut everything else in my kitchen on wood.

The Best Non-Toxic Cutting Board

My top pick for a cutting board is a solid wood board. My dad actually made mine. I really like cutting boards with removable rubber feet so the board isn’t sliding and slipping all over the counter.

Make sure you choose the type of wood that is solid for your wooden cutting board. I mentioned before that I prefer maple for my cutting boards. You will have to keep up with regular maintenance for your wooden cutting boards, but it’s really not that big of a deal.

Teak Wood Cutting Board – Another good choice is a teak wood cutting board. It’s a great option because it hardly ever warps or splits. It is also a high quality wood, so you know you should be getting a great product.

​Oiling Your Wooden Cutting Board

There’s a lot of talk about whether food grade mineral oil is a good non-toxic option for oiling your wooden cutting board. I have used it in the past, but now I prefer to use beeswax like this one to oil my cutting board. You can also use linseed oil

All in all, there are some great options available for non toxic cutting boards. Wood is my favorite choice because it’s a renewable resource, completely natural , and will last a long time with proper maintenance. 

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