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Old 09-07-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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BBC News - Non-stick pan chemicals 'may raise child cholesterol'

Non-stick cookware chemical PFOA linked to high cholesterol in children

PFOA or perfluoroalkyl acid is the non-stick chemical used on cookware surfaces, has been shown to raised cholesterol.

According to a study just published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, high levels of PFOA were strongly correlated with an increase in both total cholesterol and LDL "bad" cholesterol.

This study looked at 12,000 children who were exposed to PFOA through their local water supply which was contaminated with PFOA.

PFOA isn't merely found on cooking pans, by the way: Nearly all cooking surfaces for electric consumer food prep appliances are made with it: Sandwich toasters, non-stick griddles and even popular cooking devices such as George Foreman Grills. It is also used in commercial food packaging and factory treatments for fabrics, carpets and stain-resistant clothing.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:04 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I never cook with that stuff anymore. I have a full set of cast iron pans and they'll last longer than I will. And, when I keep them seasoned, it's the same as if they were non-stick--scrambled eggs do not stick to my frying pan, but I've seen them stick to non-stick.
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I have not had those non stick surfaced cookware in my house for years! I hate the stuff, not only for health reasons but because you have to replace it so often... to me that is a big waste to buy something you know you will have to replace.. I don't know why they still allow that stuff to be made..
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