Cooking with Non-Stick Pans? You May Want to Read This

Dupont hid the hazards of PFOA for decades before they were forced to phase it out in 2006. As with asbestos and lead, no level of PFOA is safe.

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Pans with a non-stick coating are convenient but new research suggests that the chemical used for the coating is extremely toxic and exposure on any level could prove dangerous to brain health, the reproductive system, and immune system.

The Dangers of Non-Stick Coating

DuPont, the chemical engineering giant, is responsible for the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) used to make Teflon coating. Federal regulators linked the chemical to birth defects and cancer, and these regulators also accused DuPont of hiding these hazard reports for decades. This caused an uproar and forced DuPont to phase out production of the chemical in 2006. Regardless, PFOA has already infiltrated millions of homes; resulting in detectable amounts of the compound in the blood of nearly every American. It’s even been found in polar bears in the Arctic.

An Environmental Working Group (EWG) report suggests that there is no safe level of exposure to the chemical…

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4 thoughts on “Cooking with Non-Stick Pans? You May Want to Read This

  1. This should be a ‘no brainer’! It really should. When chemicals are added to cookware to make them non-stick, a light bulb should have turned on inside every head and said, “Whoa! Something just ain’t right with this!” But oh no! Stupid lit up instead and non-stick cookware is all the rage. As you know, stupid is all the rage too and unfortunately, stupid ain’t going nowhere no time soon, not in America at any rate..


  2. I’m reading a great book now, Shelby, called the DuPont dynasty, which goes into great detail about how the company got their start – all the bribery and corruption and concealment of scientific studies revealing the enormous danger of the chemicals they created. Gerard Colby first tried to publish the book in the mid-70s, but the family blocked him even though he went all the way to the Supreme Court. He finally published it as an ebook a few years ago because that’s the only way he could get the information into the public domain.

    It’s 800 pages longer and reveals everything about how crooks like the DuPont family came to control American democracy.


  3. It is NOT stupid to have a decent WMF or Fissler non stick pan. They hold for 20 years when not cut, bruised or heated far over 160° regularly and they cook within minutes everything you put into it and save electricity or gas.
    The problem are very, very cheap pans which leach out within a year and cost about a tenth of the lower line of mentioned brands. The high end brands also leak, but way less as shown by their durability.
    Plain metal pans may be better, but most are Aluminium, not steel and steel pans are too heavy for most old folks (read: Old women over 75). If those pans would not leak chemicals into the waste water, they would be perfect for old folks who still want to cook something. Yes, they poison themselves, but I guess they can live with the risk of not becoming 120.


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