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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Non Stick Cookware and Cancer

Many people would say Teflon is a modern day “convenience”. Cookware coated with Teflon makes cooking and cleaning up much easier. 

The non-stick coating, used in Dupont Teflon pans, has been found to release one or more (up to 15) different toxic gases when heated to high temperatures, a chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been labeled carcinogenic by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This is a chemical that is being used in many household products from cookware, coated paper plates and even microwave popcorn bags. 
Studies showed that Dupont was polluting drinking water and presented a very real danger to pregnant women and the baby’s they were caring. A recent study has shown a link between thyroid disease, cancer and Teflon. 
Scientists have said that the product will release fumes that can cause flu-like symptoms in cases of overheating at 662 degrees fahrenheit – a temperature that can easily be exceeded when a pan is either preheated on a burner, placed beneath a broiler or in a self-cleaning oven.
The worst issue behind Teflon pots and pans
As careful as we try to be – Teflon pots and pans can easily get scratched at some point. In fact, the truth is many people tend to use battered and scratched Teflon cookware. Teflon is usually used to cover aluminum which in itself is a dangerous metal – implicated in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The best way to protect you and your family is to use cookware made from: ceramic, stainless steel or glass. If you know anyone cooking with Teflon pots and pans – PLEASE share this article and help save a life.
Courtesy : Blanche Levine