Medical Video: How Dangerous are Teflon Pans? (Cookware Therapy Ep. 3)
Teflon pan hasNonstick surfaces are a mainstay for many housewives. Apart from making it easier to cook, it is also healthier and more cost-effective because you don't need to use a lot of oil and butter. But he said, the Teflon pan made cancer if the surface was scratched. What is the medical response about this neighbor's whisper?
Teflon pan is made from PFOA, a carcinogenic compound
PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid is a chemical used in the process of making Teflon pan.PFOA had become a topic of heated debate in the world of health. These chemicals are cancerous (carcinogenic) and are believed to eventually settle in the body if you are exposed continuously.
Even so, the residuethis chemical is not much left in the finished product of the finished Teflon pan. Most of the portion of PFOA has evaporated during the mill combustion process.
Not only in cooking utensils, you can also find low levels of PFOA residues in some foods, drinking water, and household dust.
Then, does the Teflon pan cause cancer if the surface is scratched?
As explained above, the Teflon pan only contains very few remaining PFOA which can be harmful. There is no medical evidence that can support rumors that touching the scratched surface of the Teflon or eating the food on the face of the Teflon is scratched. The assumption that the scratched teflon pan makes cancer just a myth.
Moreover, even though PFOA can be found in many sources, the chances of high levels of PFOA exposure are very small. The study found that almost everyone in the world had at least one exposure to PFOA, even at very low levels. Up to this limit, it is fair.
Opportunities for high levels of exposure to PFOA are only risky and should be wary if you live around dirty water that is definitely contaminated with PFOA, or near a chemical plant that processes PFOA as its raw material.
It should also be understood that the biggest risk factors for cancer are genetic family derivatives and unhealthy lifestyles, which include rarely exercising, eating a diet high in fat and calories, and smoking and excessive drinking.
How to use Teflon which is right and safe for health
Even though it is not proven to cause cancer, you still need to be wiser in using Teflon for cooking. Temperatures that are too hot (above 300 degrees Celsius) can causeTeflon layer wears out thinning and damaged, thus releasing toxic chemicals into the air. If this smoke is inhaled, you can experience a fever due to the resulting polymer steam.
The following are safe tips that you can check when cooking using a Teflon pan:
- Do not heat the Teflon in an empty condition. Apply oil, butter, or immediately place the food you want to cook on it. This prevents the Teflon layer from overheating to produce polymer fumes.
- Avoid cooking with too high a temperature. Cook on medium or low heat.
- Open the vent in your kitchen to remove the smoke produced from the cooking process.
- Use wood, silicone or plastic equipment. Because, metal-based equipment can cause scratches on the Teflon surface which can reduce the life of your Teflon.
- Wash Teflon correctly. Wash your Teflon with a foam sponge and soap. Avoid using wire sponges so as not to scratch the surface.
- Replace old Teflon. If you find that the condition of the Teflon starts to get a lot of scratches or peeling, that means your Teflon is ready to be replaced with a new one.