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Are non-stick pans toxic?

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the process of making telflon is toxic - everyone on the planet has the chemicals in their bloodstream right now. The produced surface on the pan has minimal to no chemical residual so that is safe until a bit below 500F. Around this range it emits chemicals that kills birds, and not sure what it does to humans.

I avoid teflon myself and use ceramic or iron.
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If they were I would have been dead like 10 times by now.
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Think of the Childre…
It's toxic, but the levels are low. It'll only harm animals with small lungs, ie birds, hamsters.

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Cheapo-Findo wrote: It's toxic, but the levels are low. It'll only harm animals with small lungs, ie birds, hamsters.
Yea but don’t u think over Long periods of time it would affect humans as well? Seems like everything is a carcinogenic these days
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Think of the Childre…
Yes, it will.
Heavenleigh85 wrote: Yea but don’t u think over Long periods of time it would affect humans as well? Seems like everything is a carcinogenic these days

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Personally, I try to minimize exposure to toxins in my life as much as possible. I have thrown out almost all of my non-stick cookware and bakeware. I have substituted with either stainless steel or cast iron and use a cast iron frying pan for cooking eggs. There are some really scary stories out there about non-stick coatings that may be overblown but why chance it? The less you take in, the less your body needs to deal with. And investing in good cookware should last you a lifetime. JMHO.
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I have zero problem with using non-stick cookware (we use Heritage Rock and they're great). While we're on the subject, I also have zero issues with aluminum cookware (I have aluminum grill grates). Come to think of it, I also have no problems eating from styrofoam containers.

Yeah, yeah, everything causes cancer, has carcinogens, will kill you, and is so scary. But I'll choose to worry about many other higher risk higher probability things before I worry about this.
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Heavenleigh85 wrote: Yea but don’t u think over Long periods of time it would affect humans as well? Seems like everything is a carcinogenic these days
Only one way to avoid cancer. Stop living.
Regarding the pans, threat them properly and you will have nothing to worry about.
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Heavenleigh85 wrote: I’ve been reading some info that seems to suggest some of them may not be safe at high temps?
They aren't. Past 450F they emit toxic fumes.
Technically speaking you shouldn't cook on them at higher than medium.
What brands do you use?
Vollrath if I'm feeling expensive, Choice if I'm not (although this gap closed with our dollar sucking)

DiceMan wrote: I also have zero issues with aluminum cookware (I have aluminum grill grates).
Yeah if someone does have an issue, they basically can't eat out any more because every restaurant that charges less than $50/plate uses aluminium.
Come to think of it, I also have no problems eating from styrofoam containers.
I always thought this was more an environmental thing than a health thing.
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Nope. That's why I'm on the internet arguing with strangers. If I had anything better to do I'd probably be doing it.
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While I don't use aluminum in my kitchen, I don't know if there is anything dangerous about aluminum.

At one time, I think people thought that aluminum may be correlated to a higher incidence of Alzheimer's. But I believe that was later debunked because the aluminum that was being referenced was actually being found to come from the glass microscopic slides that were being used to study Alzheimer's specimen samples and was contaminating the experimental results (and conclusions).

I still won't go back to aluminum but I don't believe this particular fear is warranted.

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