Nonstick Cookware: Is it Dangerous?

Are there any health risks from using nonstick cookware?


The question revolves around the possible health risks from a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The manufacturers of 1 Earth Pan, 5 Starfrit, and 7 GreenPan—all products that don’t contain PFOA—claim that the chemical is potentially harmful. However, Consumer Reports says it’s not clear how much PFOA affects consumers. The magazine’s test results showed very little PFOA in air samples collected over new pans that contained the chemical. Moreover, test results on pans that had been repeatedly heated and washed to simulate months of use revealed a decrease of PFOA in the air to “barely measurable levels.”



Consumer Reports, “Cookware sets that sizzle,” September, 2009.



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