Should I throw away my Teflon cookware so I won't be poisoned by PFOA?

PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, a suspected carcinogen) is used to manufacture Teflon, but there is none present in the finished products. While the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is rightfully concerned about PFOA in the environment, you can continue to use your Teflon-lined pans without fear.

However, non-stick pans may release other toxic particles if they are used at very high heats, so they are not appropriate for deep-fat frying, broiling, grilling or similar high- temperature cooking methods. I recommend avoiding this type of cooking anyway, because high heat and browning can form carcinogens in foods regardless of the type of cookware you use. Diana’s recipes are almost all prepared in ordinary cooking pots or bowls, and do not require browning, so you don’t need to worry about foods sticking to your pots.

Checked 12/11/11

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