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Are Teflon pans dangerous for my health?

Pans with a Teflon non-stick coating aren't dangerous for your health. They have often been in the news because of carcinogenic substances that are released during baking. In the past, the toxic substance PFOA was processed in Teflon, but this has been banned for a number of years. In the media there is scattered with all sorts of concepts, such as: PTFE and PFOA. But what exactly does this mean? I explain it to you in this article.

No more harmful substances

Teflon is not dangerous

All Teflon pans that are now for sale no longer contain any harmful substances. Teflon is a soft material and therefore wears faster than a baking layer of cast iron or stainless steel. If the Teflon baking layer of your pan is damaged, small plastic particles are released. There is nothing wrong if you get it through the food. Your body simply removes the particles, just like all other waste. Tip: do not use metal spatulas or forks during baking and do not put the pan in the dishwasher. This way, the non-stick coating lasts longer.

What is Teflon, PTFE and PFOA?

PFOA in Teflon?

Teflon is a type of plastic that is used to make non-stick coatings, among other things. This keeps your food from sticking to the bottom. The chemical name for Teflon is PTFE. In the past PTFE also contained the substance PFOA. This is a type of plastic with a low frictional resistance. A lot of research has been done on this substance. In 2015, a link was demonstrated with various forms of cancer. Since then, a legal prohibition has been imposed on the use of PFOA. As a result, this substance has not been used in consumer products for years.


Nowadays there is no more PFOA in Teflon, so Teflon is no longer harmful. So you can safely use pans with a Teflon non-stick coating. Do you still have old pans with a Teflon baking layer, which you purchased before 2015? Then we advise you to replace these pans.

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