3. Proper Use of Nonstick Cookware

Nonstick Cookware

It is not considered dangerous to use Teflon cookware. However, it may be wise to take precautions to properly use and care for these items. When using nonstick pans, take care not to overheat the pans. Heating an empty pan on the stove burner or using heat that is too high can release toxic fumes into the air. When stirring, use utensils that will not scratch the pan or cause any of the coating to flake off into your food.  Store your nonstick pots and pans with paper or cloth towels between them to prevent scratching. Throw away any nonstick pots or pans that become damaged.

2. Nontoxic Cookware

Nontoxic Cookware

If the thought of using cookware that may contain chemicals linked to cancer makes you nervous, you may want to choose other alternatives. While other nonstick cookware has come onto the market, there may not yet be enough information on its long-term safety. To completely avoid PFOA and PFAS contamination, you may want to use cast iron pots and pans, stainless steel, glass, or copper. While these products do not have nonstick surfaces, a little butter or oil can help keep your food from sticking. A little elbow grease will get your cookware clean without risking your health.

1. Other Ways to Avoid PFOA

Avoid Pfoa

While PFOA and PFAS are not currently manufactured in the United States, other countries may still produce goods containing these chemicals. To avoid introducing PFOA into your home and body, there are certain items you can watch out for. Certain food packaging may contain PFOA, as can household cleaning products, paints, and polishes. Seek out products with natural ingredients and use caution when purchasing water or stain-repellent clothing. Make your own cleaning products with natural ingredients to prevent the spread of chemicals in your home.

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