What is the non-stick substance in cookware made of? Does it ever contaminate food?



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    Teflon is the product which is used to prevent food from sticking to cookware. One of chemicals that is used in this process is called perfluorooctanoic acid, which has been linked to cancer and birth defects in laboratory animals. In 2006, a team of advisers to the EPA listed this chemical and a likely carcinogen, however the EPA has released no public release about it’s safety. It is advised to not heat nonstick pans to temperatures over 500 degrees, which could lead to the decomposition of the Teflon. Therefore, if you have to cook at high temperatures, don’t use Teflon!

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