When Teflon nonstick cookware first arrived, people were thrilled.
Talk about a game changer. The coating didn’t change the taste of your food. But it made clean-up a breeze.
We loved it. Well, that is UNTIL we learned the truth.
A questionable chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, was being used to manufacture those nonstick coatings.
Nonstick coating chemical linked to health problems
At the time, PFOA was showing up in a wide variety of other products too including furniture, textiles, and even the linings of food wrappers.
In fact, according to researchers, over 98 percent of Americans tested have the chemical in their blood.
And that’s a real problem because PFOA has links to a disturbing list of side effects including…
- chronic kidney disease
- elevated cholesterol
- liver disease
- low birth weights
But most disturbing of all?
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) PFOA is “possibly carcinogenic” to humans. And a panel of expert epidemiologists says a probable link exists between PFOA and kidney and testicular cancers.
So what about those Teflon coatings?
Well, it turns out they may have been slowly poisoning us all along. Because with even a minor scratch or ding in the pan your food could be picking up traces of the toxic chemical.
Which means you could have been swallowing small amounts of PFOA with every bite.
“Safe” nonstick pans linked to cancer
Now I warned Healthier Talk readers nearly a decade ago to toss their nonstick pans. But PFOA was still being used to manufacture Teflon up until 2013. So if you still have any old pots and pans in your home they could contain the chemical.
But even if your nonstick pans were made after 2013, you may not be off the hook. Because it turns out PFOA isn’t the only dangerous chemical you need to be worried about swallowing.
That’s right… you STILL could be cooking up cancer for dinner.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released warnings about two other chemicals used in newer, so-called “safer,” nonstick cookware.
According to the EPA, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalyl could also be possibly carcinogenic to humans.
In fact, research has already tied the pair to increased rates of prostate, testicular, and kidney cancers. Plus experts warn they could mess with your liver, thyroid, kidneys, and immune system too.
And it gets worse.
It turns out PFAS could start causing harm at ridiculously low levels….only a few hundred parts per trillion. Which means we’ve merely replaced one toxic chemical for a pair of others which are equally as bad.
Slash your risk with safer alternatives
Go ahead and make the switch to a safer alternative such as cast iron, stainless steel, or ceramic pans.
And if you can’t replace your cookware right away be sure to care for it correctly to reduce your risk of exposure to these potentially dangerous chemicals.
Clean it using a paste of baking soda and water and a sponge or soft towel. Never use a scouring pad which can damage nonstick surfaces. And even if the label insists it is dishwasher safe, stick to hand washing your nonstick pans.
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