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After talking to the people behind Healthy Child Healthy World, I’ve been a little more conscious about what chemicals we are exposing our family to. It wasn’t until Ozeri contacted me that I hadn’t taken a second thought to all my non-stick cookware.
Who doesn’t love non-stick pans? They make cooking, especially with kids, quick and easy. Since I’ve started using my Green Ozeri pan, I had to do a little more research into what exactly is up with PTFE and PFOA.
Let’s start with the word Teflon. If you cook, you’ve heard of Teflon. Just about anything non-stick is coated in teflon – that’s what makes it non-stick after all. So what is Teflon? The chemical name for Teflon is polytetrafluoroethylene aka PTFE.
As far as I have been able to tell, PTFE itself is pretty safe, unless heated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The real issue from Teflon coated cookware comes from the PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid which is a chemical used to make Teflon.
PFOA has been linked to cancer in lab animals and thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and infertility issues in people. The kicker though, is as far as studies have gone PFOA is not actually leaking out of your Teflon coated cookware into your food. However again, if heated at high temps some fumes can be released which may give you flu like symptoms.
With all my research, it seems like our cookware is probably safe, but I’m still excited to be using our new Ozeri pan. Unlike Teflon coated pans, Ozeri uses Greblon Ceramic coating from Germany to get a top of the line, but eco-friendly non-stick surface that is completely PTFE and PFOA free.