Teflon appears to be inert and safe until it is heated to high temperatures when it can emit fumes toxic enough to poison birds.
The exact temperature at which this occurs is not clear.
Ceramic-coated cookware represents a significant advance over earlier nonstick pans and bakeware because it is made without perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the potentially toxic chemical used in the manufacture of coatings for nonstick pans such as Teflon, and is reportedly stable on exposure to high heat and resistant to flaking.
But I principally use stainless-steel cookware that incorporates a rolled rim – it requires a bit more effort to clean, but is durable, gives excellent cooking results and is completely nontoxic.
-- With Marti Lotman
Andrew Weil, M.D., is founder and director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona, and Director of Integrative Health and Healing, Miraval Resort. He is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, which combines conventional medicine with alternative approaches. He received his medical degree from Harvard University. His new book is True Food: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure.
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