In theory, nonstick cookware sounds ideal (we've all lost a good egg or two in a sticky situation), but research has proven these pots and pans do more much harm than good.
When heated to a high enough temperature, nonstick surfaces emit toxic fumes, which are considered dangerous to humans, as well as the environment. These fumes can cause flu-like symptoms and, even more, possibly fatal harm to small pets in the household. Doesn’t sound appetizing, does it?
How is nonstick cookware classified? It’s usually in the form of metal pots and pans coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, a synthetic polymer more commonly known as “PTFE” or Teflon, which is part of the larger perfluorinated chemical or “PFC” group. Perfluorinated chemicals are contaminants that can also be found in the likes of protective upholstery spray, floor treatments, food wrap, waterproof surfaces, and even clothing.
The solution? Replace your nonstick pots and pans with cast iron, enamel-coated cast iron, or stainless steel cookware—these genres are naturally nonstick and durable and can be preheated without the fear of emitting toxins into your kitchen.
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