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Teflon and Your Cholesterol – 10 Minute Detox Action

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teflonPFCs, or polyfluoroalkyl chemicals are everywhere — from Teflon pans to stain resistant carpeting and take-out food containers. A new study shows a strong association between these chemicals and increased human cholesterol levels.

Learn more on Living on Earth radio (or read the transcript) with host Jeff Young talks with the lead author of this study, Jessica Nelson, a public health researcher at Boston University’s School of Public Health.
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What to do? I have a friend whose pots and pans are all Teflon; it is expensive to throw them all out and start anew. And is it safe to throw them into a landfill? Hardly, but I don’t know what the answer there is.

I’ve found some great stainless steel and cast iron pans at yard sales, and Marshall’s is a good source for less expensive high-end cookware such as Le Creuset that may be slightly damaged. The safest cookware is glass, followed by stainless steel and baked enamel pans such as are made by Le Creuset.

–Annie B. Bond

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • […] Off to buy a good saute pan, I was in Home Goods today, and while browsing around I was astonished and completely dismayed to see that 95 percent of the cookware had Teflon coating! What are these manufacturers thinking? Teflon, or polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs), are endocrine disrupters that can cause fertility problems, learning disabilities and more, cancer, and may even increase your cholesterol. […]