Are you concerned about nonstick cookware safety? Some of the most popular cookware on the market today could be leaching toxic fumes, called PFC’s into your food, making you sick. In fact, it’s possible that the cookware you’re using right now to prepare healthy foods for you and your family could be downright dangerous. Finding safe nonstick cookware is essential to your family’s safety!
If you use non stick pans, the Environmental Working Group gives these user guidelines.
- Never preheat a nonstick frying pan at high heat — an empty pan can rapidly reach high temperatures.
- Heat your nonstick pans at the lowest temperature possible to cook food safely.
- Don’t put nonstick cookware in an oven hotter than 500 degrees.
- Use an exhaust fan over the stove when cooking.
- Keep pet birds out of the kitchen — the fumes from an overheated pan can kill a bird in seconds.
- Skip the self-cleaning function on your oven. It cleans by heating to high temperatures, which can release toxic fumes from non-stick interior oven parts.
- Use only eco friendly cookware in your kitchen.
PFCs are ubiquitous — both in and out of the kitchen. They are widely used as water, stain and grease repellents for food wrap, carpeting, furniture, and clothing. They keep food from sticking to pots and pans, repel stains on furniture and rugs, and make the rain roll off raincoats. If you want to avoid PFCs in more places than your cookware, download the EWG’s PFC Guide to reduce your exposures further.