Non-stick cookware contains a cocktail of health-damaging chemicals.
PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), also known as Teflon, forms the foundation of most non-stick coatings. When subjected to high temperatures, it releases toxic polymer gases that damage the lungs and cause what is known as “polymer fume fever” or “Teflon flu.”
However, this is merely scratching the surface (pun intended).
Non-stick cookware is also rife with PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), which encompass the following chemicals:
- PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid)
- PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid)
- GenX (a group of PFAS compounds)
- PFBS (Perfluorobutanesulfonic Acid)
These substances have been linked to an array of health hazards, including but not limited to cancer, thyroid disorders, immune system dysfunction, developmental abnormalities, reproductive problems, infertility, and detrimental effects on liver and kidney function.
If you haven’t done so yet, you may want to seriously contemplate switching to safer alternatives such as high-quality stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic-coated, or glass pots and pans.