Non-stick cookware has become increasingly popular nowadays due to its convenience. However, many toxic chemicals have been used in these pans and pots. These pans and pots release toxic fumes when overheated.
Teflon is actually a brand name for a synthetic chemical called PTFE or polytetrafluoroethylene. In addition, Teflon serves as a non-stick coating surface for pans as well as other cookware as it is a synthetic resin with a high melting point.
Here Is Why You Should AVOID Using Teflon Cookware:
Teflon becomes toxic at high temperatures. Specifically, at 500 degrees, it releases fumes, which can kill birds. That’s not all, these fumes can make people experience flu-like symptoms.
Furthermore, PFOA is a type of chemical commonly used to make Teflon. It is believed that it burns off in the process. But, traces of the chemical are connected to Teflon when using the cookware. PFOA may act as a carcinogenic agent.
According to recent research, even small amounts of this chemical are dangerous and can lead to many health issues. What’s more, they can pass through the placenta to children, and build up in the body. In fact, the chemical has also been found in public water systems in 27 states, which provide drinking water to approximately 6.5 million people.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has actually identified PFCs as carcinogens. But, these harmful chemicals are still used in various household products. Namely, the original company, which patented and used Teflon in their products (and continues to nowadays), DuPont, has been sued over their knowledge of this dangerous chemical. The US Environmental Protection Agency brought a lawsuit against DuPont, alleging that the company knew about the toxicity and harmful effects of the chemical and still allows it to leech into drinking water.
Moreover, the US Environmental Protection Agency brought the lawsuit in 2005 for $16.5 million. These also include 3,500 lawsuits from the people who consumed and experienced health problems as a result of the consumption of contaminated water.
Side Effects of Teflon and PFOA
DuPont let the chemical leech into drinking water in West Virginia and Ohio. A great number of people leaving in these areas were diagnosed with various cancer types because of their exposure to these dangerous chemicals. In fact, PFOA has been associated with these health issues:
- Early puberty
- Reproductive disorders and infertility
- Autoimmune disorders
- Respiratory diseases
- Thyroid disorders
- Low birth weight
- High cholesterol
- Kidney and liver diseases
Here Are Some Safer and Healthier Teflon Substitutes:
Instead of using Teflon, you should use any of the following safer and healthier alternatives:
– Ceramic: Corningware, i.e., a brand of glass-ceramic stovetop and baking dishes, is an excellent alternative to Teflon. Also, you can use ceramic frying pans.
– Glass: You can use glass instead of Teflon for baking. For instance, Pyrex glass bakeware is not suitable for stovetop use.
– Stainless Steel: You can also use stainless steel instead of Teflon.
– Cast Iron: It is suitable for stovetop or oven use. The good news is that you do not have to wash it.
In case you use a cast iron pan, but do not know how to clean it, just watch the following video:
Although It Sticks, It Is a Much Healthier Variety than Teflon
In fact, Teflon is a commonly used cookware since it doesn’t stick and limits the amount of oil you use when cooking.
However, you have to consume healthy oils on a regular basis to improve your overall health and well-being. Are you familiar with the fact that the human brain is composed of 60% fat? Furthermore, cognitive decline may be linked to low intake of healthy fats.
Therefore, you should add a little more healthy oil to prevent cognitive decline as well as prevent your food from sticking. Namely, should season well your cast iron to prevent food from sticking.
In addition, you can use many different healthy oils, such as organic coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
Also, you should avoid heating the pan too hot initially, since it can contribute to sticking and burning. It is good to know that cast irons have an ability to retain heat, so when they’re heated, you should turn the heat on low
To sum up, avoid using Teflon to prevent many health issues. Use some of the above mentioned alternatives instead.
- Environmental Working Group. ˮCanaries in the Kitchen: Teflon Toxicosisˮ;
- Environmental Science & Technology. ˮExposure assessment and risk characterization for perfluorooctanoate in selected consumer articlesˮ;