Teflon - a sticky, non stick situation
You might not realise it, but Teflon is everywhere! While it may have been a handy addition to your kitchen or other household items, there are some important things to consider when it comes to Teflon.
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the chemical behind the trademarked name Teflon, was used in the manufacture of Teflon products.
This included perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which was banned by 2015 due to its ability to break down indefinitely in the environment.
Teflon products also off gas 6 toxic gases from reaching about 680F, including carcinogens, global pollutants and a lethal chemical MFA.
This can be dangerous for birds, which is why it’s recommended to avoid Teflon light bulbs. Workers at the Dupont factory where Teflon is produced have been found to have a high incidence of birth defects and abnormalities, which DuPont was forced to pay millions in damages for.
Fortunately, there are other options when it comes to cookware. You can opt for stainless, cast iron or enamel when cooking.
Nonstick Alternatives - Ceramic: lightweight, natural nonstick properties, will usually only last 3-5 years, oven safe, dishwasher safe, multiple layers of metal - Stainless Steel: may require seasoning, preheating pan before adding fats, let fats heat up before adding food - Cast Iron: raw not enameled, need to season, don't cook acidic foods, fish, or sticky foods until well-seasoned, don't use soap to clean, enameled better for acidic foods
For baking, you can use stainless bakeware and naturally ‘non stick’ your muffin, Madeleine or cake tins with butter and flour dusting.
Teflon can also be found in other unexpected places, such as dental floss, microwave popcorn bags, irons, hair straighteners, carpets, sofas and waterproof mascara.
To avoid these products, you can read the fine print on the packet and opt for ceramic, stainless or natural alternatives.
It’s important to be aware of the dangers of Teflon and make educated decisions when it comes to buying household items.
With a bit of research, you can easily find safer, healthier alternatives to Teflon products.
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