It doesn’t stick but chemicals might

In the 1990s, non-stick cookware became popular in India to coincide with two social changes—the increasing number of working women who saw it’s easy, fuss-free cleaning process as a time saver and the huge consciousness about health and fat-free diets. A non-stick pan is one where the underlying material is coated with a chemical that provides a slick, low-friction surface that allows you to take out the food from the vessel easily, and hence use less oil. Great for a country that is at high risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Now, what is this coating made of?

Most often it is made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a compound of carbon and fluorine. The brand name of PTFE is Teflon, which is a registered trademark of DuPont, in whose laboratories it was discovered accidentally in 1938.

In recent years, there have been grave concerns over the health impact of non-stick cookware owing to the leakage of the chemicals coating the utensil into the food........Read More



Source: Live Mint

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