Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Teflon And Toxins - Consider This...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

If you're cooking with old scratched, chipped, or worn teflon coated non-stick pots and pans --- throw them out.

Here's why...

I received a recent newsletter that contained the following information:

"In recent years, thousands of pet birds have died as a result of being exposed to a different kind of air pollution - from what has been called Teflon toxicosis. It is caused by dangerous particles and gasses that are emitted when Teflon-coated pans and ovens are heated - overly heated, according to DuPont."

  • DuPont's studies show that Teflon will break down and release toxic particles at 446°F.

  • Anything over 680°F and Teflon will release at least six toxic gasses, including two carcinogens and a chemical lethal to humans, even at low doses.

  • Allow the pan to reach 1000°F, and non-stick coatings will release two known chemical warfare agents.

If you choose to cook with Teflon, do NOT pre-heat the pan, and never allow the fluids in the pan to completely cook off. Also, be aware that many ovens are Teflon-coated and the self-cleaning mechanism can raise the temperature well over 500°F.

Safe alternatives include cookware made with stainless steel and cast iron, neither of which emits harmful pollutants.

Click here to learn more about the dangers of Teflon from the Environmental Working Group.

In the weeks ahead we'll be bringing an important feature article to Best Liquid Vitamins on the subject of toxins. You'll be surprised how many damaging chemicals are currently in your home at this very minute. Stay tuned!