What is the substitute for Teflon?
Many chefs prefer copper pans because they conduct heat quickly. Another substitute is cast iron pans – they pose no health problem and after they’ve been used a few times, they develop a natural slippery surface that’s nearly as good as a non-stick Teflon pan. Also, consider stainless steel and pressure cookers if you want the most environmentally sound cookware. Additional Thoughts In January 2006, DuPont, the only company that manufactures PFOA in the US (a chemical used in the production of Teflon, and classified as a likely human carcinogen) agreed to eliminate releases of the chemical from its manufacturing plants by 2015, but did not commit to completely phasing out its use of the chemical. DuPont maintains that there should be no measurable amount of PFOA on a finished pan, provided that it has been properly cured. However, a 2005 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study detected PFOA in finished PTFE products including PTFE/Teflon cookware. Furthermore, a February 2007 Ne