Is safe to use Teflon or not?

Is safe to use Teflon or not?

Is safe to use Teflon or not?

Lately there are some rumors about the safety of using Teflon products. It all started with the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that was detected in the environment and in the blood of the general U.S. population.

The PFOA is a chemical compound used to manufacture polytetrafluoroethylene also known as Teflon.

The Teflon is the non sticky material used for pans and other cooking tools for over 50 years now. Teflon is also used in microwave popcorn bags and pizza delivery boxes.

PFOA is an intermediary chemical used to manufacture the Teflon, but once the product is ready the PFOA is gone due to the manufacturing process. The PFOA is not decomposed in the environment or in the human body and some studies shown it can create birth defects on lab animals. In certain conditions Teflon can start to decompose releasing toxic fumes of PFOA that can cause flu-like symptoms in humans.

The Teflon can be decomposed only by temperatures over 600° C, while the normal cooking temperature varies only between 200°C and 260°C. Manufacturers give assurance that once the production process is finished there cannot be any more toxic chemicals in the Teflon due to the high temperatures used in the process.

There are no scientific studies to suggest that the presence of PFOA in the environment or in the human body can have negative consequences to the population’s health. Researchers only estimate that without any more exposure the PFOA will be cleared from the body in about four years.

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