Polyfluoroalkyl or perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFASs) have been associated with many health problems including, hormone disruption and obesity to lowered immune function and cancer. PFASs are used to make things “non-stick” or slippery. They are used in food packaging, stain and water resistant treatments, fire retardants, and non-stick cookware such as Teflon. Cooking products such as frying pans, saucepans, muffin tins and baking sheets are coated with perfluorinated chemicals. These chemicals leach toxins into our food and we breath them in as they off gas when heated.
A seven year study linked these non-stick chemicals with health effects even at very low exposure. Some of the findings linked PFASs to thyroid disease, high cholesterol, hypertension in pregnancy, colitis, and certain cancers.
Switch out your perfluorinated non-stick cookware for glass, ceramic, enamel, cast iron and stainless steel.