Nowadays for the sake of easy cooking and cleaning, non-stick cookware are used. The terms like PTFE, PFOA, cadmium and lead are often in discussion when it comes to a point of selecting cookware because of its hazardous effects. In the present scenario, most of the cookware brands are using these materials to increase the non-stick feature, people too are buying them but are unaware of its hazardous outcomes.
The users are happy and satisfied because they are getting an easy and comfortable way of cooking, cleaning but they often fail to identify that these products just ensure easy cooking but not a healthy one. These hazardous products impose a bad impact on the pets also. This article will put forward the threats associated with the non-stick cookware and how they problems to your health.
PTFE stands for Polytetrafluoroethylene. It is a PFC (per fluorinated compound), a synthetic polymer which is used for the non-stick covering, packaging of microwave food items, insecticides, rugs, carpets etc. This polymer is also known as Teflon, a Dupont trademark. According to a research, the chemicals used in this (PFC) can cause various problems like tumors in humans and also affect the development of animals. When Teflon gets overheated it generates poisonous gases, which cause symptoms of infection known as polymer fume fever or Teflon flu.
PFOA stands for Perfluorooctanoic acid. This polymer is quite dangerous as exposure to it can cause diabetes and renal problems in humans. It remains in the human body for an indefinite period of time and bars the development of animals and young children. It also harms the reproductive system and the functioning of the liver. According to a study of CDC (center for disease control and prevention, a US-based federal government body) stated that the traces of PFOA was found in the blood of the most of Americans thus it can be concluded that this hazardous compound exists in a fancy amount in the surroundings.
Cadmium is a heavy metal and is highly hazardous when exposed can cause various infections and flu’s like fever and body pain. Many serious diseases like bronchitis, pulmonary diseases, weak bones even cancer is caused when there is a heavy exposure, it also causes brain damage in small children.
Lead is yet another poisoning metal like cadmium which is much talked about. Less exposure to this metal causes problems like weakness, insomnia, irritation, stomach problems etc whereas heavy exposure can cause loss of hearing and vision. It also causes damage to nerves and muscles.
Is there any way to escape from these harmful chemicals and choose the cookware free from these metals?
The cookware sets which are presently available in the market use Teflon coatings so as to add non-stick feature to them. There are many homes which have cookware with the Teflon coating. Can we suggest them to dispose of their sets? Obviously no. To come out of this problem we have to go above in the article and need to notice that PTFE or Teflon itself are not creating any problem but when they are overheated, the toxic fumes generated is creating the issue.
So it is suggested to use your old cookware sets with care and avoid overheating till you are not switching to a new cookware set. Don’t put your set more than 500 degrees in the oven. If feasible, remove your cookware set with a safer one and can switch to hundred percent PFOA free cookware sets like GreenLife 14 Piece Nonstick Ceramic Cookware Set