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Debate over the danger of Teflon-coated pans: I just got rid of my Teflon-coated pan because it was chipped and scratched

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A few years ago I was startled by the news that Teflon coated pots and pans might be dangerous to your health and might in the long run cause cancer.

I totally panicked when I heard that and reduced my use of my Teflon pan to only cooking eggs, French pancakes (crepes) and American pancakes. A few days ago, I noticed that my Teflon pan was scratched and I could remove part of the coating with my nail … that was not good news because it was clear that if I could remove it with my nails that meant that it would leach into my food.

I quickly got rid of that pan and got a new one. I really don’t use that pan on a daily basis and I’m watching it closely from now on.

I know this news will get a few people confused and even upset because you have to wonder “what is safe anymore”.

I always err on the side of caution when I hear this type of news and I usually tend to cut out dubious products or cut back their use or consumption.

Now, I know some readers might be wondering about the validity of my scare and change of habits.

Since this information is quite elaborate and has some serious impact of your life (you might need to go shopping for a new set of pots and pans) and your health, I thought I’d link to a number of sites that discuss the dangerous of Teflon coated pans and the dangerous toxins and gases that are emitted when you use them to cook.

This journey is about aging well and preventing disease when we can. If you are armed with the right information, it becomes easier for you to make decisions.

Should you stop using Teflon coated pots and pans?

1) The Dangers of Teflon Pans

2) Read what Dupont has to say about this subject

3) The Silent Killer

4) Are Teflon coated pans harmful?

5) Teflon Coating: Are Your Teflon Pans & Cookware Safe?

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3 Responses to “Debate over the danger of Teflon-coated pans: I just got rid of my Teflon-coated pan because it was chipped and scratched”

  1. Connie Immordino Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 18:59

    To agree or disagree is not really a question. When in any doubt about what will harm our heath it is best to stop using that item.
    I have looked for a long time for pans that would be absolutely safe and yet easy to cook with. I do a great deal of cooking and what I use is extremely important. When in Italy last year I came upon a company called Moneta that makes a line of Ceramica pans. Brought a few back home and have thrown out everything else. I found that there is now a company here in the US that sells this product. It is Truly an amazing line.


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