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Teflon in Pots and Pans

By November 12, 2020No Comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month?- Teflon in pots and pans.

When my sister was fighting her breast cancer her oncologist gave a few suggestions to help her in the fight. One suggestion was to get rid of her Teflon pans.

1️⃣PTFE – polytetrafluoroethylene (known as Teflon). The problem is that it can break down with high heat and also release polymer fumes. “PTFE-coated cookware releases various gases and chemicals that present mild to severe toxicity.” (1)

2️⃣PFOA – Perfluorooactanoic acid. This has a low surface tension which is why it is used to make nonstick surfaces. The Int. Agency for Research on Cancer lists PFOA as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. Exposure to PFOA is also linked to hormone disruption among other diseases. In May 2019, 180+ countries joined together to ban the production and use of PFOA’s. ?? Teflon quit using PFOAs in 2013 to make their surfaces. (2 3 4).

So it’s the older non-stick cookware that was more than likely made with those chemicals. If your nonstick has a scratch, it’s best not to use it. If you do need to upgrade to better cookware, changing it out piece by piece as you can afford it can be the best way to go.
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3️⃣PFAS- poly and perfluoroalkyl substances. PFOA is only 1 of more than 3000 of these chemicals used today. So PFAS free is a very important one for me to find on pots and pans. (4).

There are so many good options these days, and sold at places like Amazon, Target, and Walmart!

For baking dishes I prefer glass or 100% ceramic. For pots I prefer stainless steel.
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1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28913736/
2 https://publications.iarc.fr/547
3 https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/reviewed-pfcs.php
4 https://www.pca.state.mn.us/featured/are-you-cooking-these-cookware-considerations

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