Is non stick cookware going to give me cancer in 25 years?
March 22, 2009 10:08 AM Subscribe
What are the dangers and benefits of non stick cookware (teflon/generic teflon type)? It's obviously healthier to cook without using lots of oil, but I've heard rumors of health problems such as cancer being linked to long term use of non stick pans.
posted by thewalrus to food & drink (21 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have some non stick pots and pans which are getting older. They have gradually shed small bits of their surface into food. This isn't enough to notice in any particular dish but I can tell that a pan which has been used for 3, 4 or more years doesn't have as much non stick surface on it as it used to.
The alternative is to use stainless steel pots and pans but this will require using a larger quantity of oil.
Is there any scientific documentation on the risk/reward of using non stick cookware versus the well-documented heart-disease risks of using more oil? Assuming that oil is extra-light canola oil or olive oil, not the cheap stuff...