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Dangers of Non-stick (Teflon) Cookware

The dangers of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are becoming increasingly evident. The most common sources of these chemicals include:
  • non-stick cookware
  • microwave popcorn bags
  • packaging for greasy foods
  • stain-proof clothing
  • carpet and fabric protectors
  • flame retardants, and products that contain them
Although it may be quite difficult to eliminate all sources of these toxins since they are so pervasive, at least ged rid of your non-stick cookware, considering you use your pots and pans to cook almost every day of the week.

Studies have shown that PFC's can cause:
  • infertility (Human Reproduction Journal, 2009)
  • Thyroid disease (Environmental Health Perspectives Journal, May 2010)
  • cancer (liver, pancreas, testicles and mammary glands in rats) and has been associated with increases in prostate cancer in PFOA plant workers
  • immune system problems - several studies by scientists in Sweden indicate that PFC's have an adverse effect on your immune system
  • increased LDL cholesterol levels (Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Sept 2010)
Children and teens who have high blood levels of chemicals used in the production of non-stick cookware may be more likely to have elevated LDL cholesterol levels and have been associated with cancer.
Source: Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine (September 2010)

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