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Any guidance on whether cooking with teflon-coated pots/pans is ok or risky? Thank you
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Dr. Balminder Mangat
Addiction Medicine
In brief: Teflon
This is a tough question, almost forgotten , but lets try.
PTFE, deteriorates at 260 'C and decomposes at 350 'C. It is Carbon fluorine bond. Most of the oils smokes around 200'C except for 2. One I remember being Avocado. you make up your mind, if you want to use that coating which is used In Aerospace, computers, lubricants, armour piercing bullets and the entire roof of Metro dam in Minnesot

In brief: Teflon
This is a tough question, almost forgotten , but lets try.
PTFE, deteriorates at 260 'C and decomposes at 350 'C. It is Carbon fluorine bond. Most of the oils smokes around 200'C except for 2. One I remember being Avocado. you make up your mind, if you want to use that coating which is used In Aerospace, computers, lubricants, armour piercing bullets and the entire roof of Metro dam in Minnesot
Dr. Balminder Mangat
Dr. Balminder Mangat
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
In brief: MAYBE risky
Teflon is the name for the chemical polytetrafluoroethylene (ptfe).
In some studies teflon pans release at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens, two pollutants, and mfa, a chemical lethal to humans at low doses. Some 'purists' advocate going back to stainless steel pans or cast-iron cookware.

In brief: MAYBE risky
Teflon is the name for the chemical polytetrafluoroethylene (ptfe).
In some studies teflon pans release at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens, two pollutants, and mfa, a chemical lethal to humans at low doses. Some 'purists' advocate going back to stainless steel pans or cast-iron cookware.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Studies showed that pans began to emit fumes, though the level at which they did so in the studies as above 550F. This is very well above normal cooking conditions. We just don't know yet. Pans that have chipped or peeling coating should be discarded.
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