Non-stick cookware, also known as Teflon, releases a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) when it’s heated to 450 degrees. PFOA is linked to developmental harm and cancer. Chemical emissions from overheated Teflon pans have been known to kill pet birds kept in the kitchen.
- If you use Teflon or non-stick cookware, keep the stove at or below medium heat.
- Opt for cast iron or stainless steel pans for cooking for most of your cooking.