Further to my last post on hormone disrupting chemicals in milk, I stumbled upon a report on two chemicals linked to endocrine disruption which are found in non-stick pans and stain resistant fabrics – and strangely enough are associated with higher cholesterol. I know I have had non-stick pans in the past which have started flaking.
“The chemicals are called Perflurochemicals (PFCs) and scientists tested levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as Teflon, and perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS)… The study looked at 12,000 kids and the chemicals were linked to an increase in up to 10 mg/dL. An acceptable level of total cholesterol in children is less than 170 mg/dL.
This study found a correlation between kids with higher levels of the chemicals in their blood and higher cholesterol, but it doesn’t prove that the chemicals actually caused the increase. It’s a line of research that will continue.
If you use teflon pans, definitely use a wooden spoon or teflon spatula to cook, because a metal utensil can scrape off the non-stick material and it ends up in food.”