Friday, March 18, 2011

The Dangers of Cooking With Teflon Coated Cookware

It only takes two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop for cookware coated with Teflon and other non-stick surfaces to exceed temperatures in which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases. Evidence has shown that emissions from the production of synthetic compounds in non-stick cookware may cause cancer and other health problems. These toxic gases are also linked to an unknown number of human illnesses each year, according to tests performed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
One of the chemicals in Teflon is ammonium perfluorooctanoate, known as C-8, which has been linked to cancer, organ damage and other health effects in tests conducted on laboratory animals.
In a test performed by a university food safety professor a Teflon pan reached 721°F in just five minutes measured by a commercial infrared thermometer.
 I won't mention names here but a well known manufacturer of these Teflon coated cookware did their own studies and these tests showed that the off gases of Teflon produce toxic particulates at 446°F.
At 680°F Teflon pans release at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and MFA, a chemical lethal to humans at low doses. At temperatures that the manufacturers own scientists claim are reached on stovetop drip pans (1000°F), the non-stick coatings break down to a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB, and a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene.
Many bird deaths have been documented during or immediately after the following normal cooking scenarios:
A new Teflon-lined Amana oven was used to bake biscuits at 325°F; all the owner's baby parrots died. Four stovetop burners, underlined with Teflon-coated drip pans, were preheated in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner; 14 birds died within 15 minutes. A non-stick cookie sheet was placed under an oven broiler to catch the drippings; 107 chicks died. Self-cleaning feature on the oven was used; a $2,000 bird died. Set of Teflon pans, including egg poaching pan, were attributed to seven bird deaths over seven years. Water burned off a hot pan; more than 55 birds died.
From the information above it is clear to see that any Teflon coated cookware should be avoided at any costs for your own safety. Try stainless steel coated cookware, it heats evenly and cleans up easily. You can also try cast iron or some kind of glassware such as corning ware.
After reading this article I hope you make the right decision in choosing your cookware. By choosing the proper healthy household products you can live a longer and healthier life.
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