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The dangers of nonstick pans

Growing up, nonstick pots and pans were always used by my mother to prepare meals for our family.  So when I was old enough to start cooking for myself, I also made nonstick pots and pans my cooking instrument of choice.  I never even really considered using anything else as cookware due to the fear that I would have to use too much oil while cooking.

Recently, my set of nonstick pots and pans started to deteriorate.  Scratches were visible on various pieces.  Therefore, I started shopping around for a new one.

During my search for a new set of pots and pans, I spent a lot of time online reading various reviews for the ones that are out on the market.  It was while reading these reviews and comments that I finally learned of the dangers of nonstick pans.

Nonstick pans are coated with Teflon.  It is the coating that comes off of the pan with time and usage.  When heated at a high enough temperature, the Teflon emits fumes that can lead to cancer.  Furthermore, the fumes can be deadly for pet birds.

Knowing the dangers of using Teflon-coated nonstick pans, I no longer dare to buy another set.  If you are of the same mindset, then I recommend that you give some other type of cookware a chance.  Personally, I am going to make the switch to stainless steel cookware.  However, if you do not like stainless steel, you can try buying cast iron instead.  Ceramic and glass cookware are also worth a try.