What is Teflon?
Teflon is a chemical coating that was first manufactured in the 1930s to create a non-reactive, nonstick surface. It’s known for its use in cookware, although it can also be used to coat other materials like wires or fabrics to make them waterproof.
What's the Problem with Teflon?
The concern over using Teflon has to do with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which is one of the most widely-used PFAS, as well as a chemical that has been classified as a hazardous substance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Trace amounts of PFOA are found in Teflon cookware, even though it was meant to burn off during the manufacturing process.
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PFOA Health Effects
Recent studies have linked the PFOA in Teflon to severe health problems including:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Thyroid disorders
- Liver disease
- Testicular cancer
- Low birth weight
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What are the Risks of Cooking with Teflon?
Using Teflon non-stick cookware as directed is safe. PTFE itself is inert, meaning it’s not going to react with chemicals inside or outside your body. However, heating PTFE-coated pots and pans very hot (to more than 660°Fahrenheit), can cause temporary symptoms like coughing, fever, or a sore throat.
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What are the Environmental Risks of Teflon?
Despite PFOA being eliminated from Teflon in 2013, environmental groups are still concerned about PTFE products for their potential health impact. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has expressed concerns over the environmental impact of the chemicals that replaced PFOA in the manufacturing processes. One replacement chemical, GenX, has been linked to many of the same health problems as PFOA.
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