Despite its popularity, non-sticky cookware is filled with toxic chemicals. Teflon is a synthetic resin with a high melting point. When it was invented in 1938, its primary aim was a refrigerant that would replace non-toxic substances. From the 60’s onwards, it has been regularly used in the production of non-sticky cookware.
As previously said, at a high temperature, Teflon becomes toxic. PFOA, a chemical used for the making of Teflon ‘burns off’ during the process, but traces of it connect to Teflon when you use the pan or pot. This chemical is a known carcinogen. And, according to newest research, even small amounts of PFOA are harmful.
DuPont, the company which patented Teflon and has been using it in their products, was sued because of their knowledge of the toxic chemical. Despite their knowledge of the chemical, they still left it leech into the drinking water of towns nearby the plant.
In 2005, the lawsuit was settled for $16.5 million dollars, including 3500 lawsuits from people who consumed the contaminated water. Unfortunately, people from Ohio and West Virginia suffered from different types of cancer due to the exposure to Teflon chemicals. PFOA has been associated with cancer, premature puberty, infertility, liver and kidney disease, thyroid gland problems, high cholesterol, respiratory diseases, etc.
In order to avoid using Teflon in your household, opt for glass, which is great for baking, cast iron which is perfect for oven or stovetop use, ceramic, and stainless steel as well. The reason why people opt for Teflon cookware is the fact that it doesn’t stick and minimizes the amount of oil used.
To prevent the cast iron from sticking, you need to put enough seasoning and once you get used to cooking with it, it will never let you down, believe it. Also, avoid heating the pan too much because this increases the risk of burning and sticking. Since cast iron retains heat well, when it’s heated enough, reduce the heat to low.