Non-stick pans are a popular item. They’re easy to use and convenient when it comes time to clean up. New research suggests that non-stick chemicals are actually extremely toxic and that exposure can prove dangerous for our health.
DuPont is the chemical engineering giant responsible for PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid that’s used to make Teflon coating.
PFOA has been linked by federal regulators to birth defects and cancer, and some regulators have accused DuPont of hiding these hazards from the public.
The Environmental Working Group has been working to categorize PFOA in the same department as asbestos and lead.
Of course, there are natural and safer alternatives to Teflon. If you currently own a non-stick pan, we recommend getting rid of it immediately.
Replace them with glass bakeware and choose steel or cast iron pans and pots for all other cooking needs. Coconut oil, butter, and other natural fats provide a non-stick surface for your cookware.
Do you use non-stick cookware? Will you give it up? Let us know in the comments.