Saturday, August 26, 2006

The dangers of nonstick frying pans

Now here's a scary story about Teflon-coated frying pans:

In just two or three minutes of preheating, your pan will give off fumes that can make you sick. Each time you use medium to high heat on an empty pan, the surface on Teflon-coated and other nonstick cookware breaks apart and emits a toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA.

If you have a pet bird, you should be especially careful about these frying pans. As suggested by the article's title ("Canaries in the Kitchen"), your feathered friend is much more susceptible to the toxic effects than us humans are.

—Mellow Monk

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