Nonstick Cookware

Chemicals in Cookware and Food Packaging linked to ADHD

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFOA) used in non-stick cookware, food packaging and stain repellant clothing have been linked to attention deficity hyperactivity disorders in children (Gump et al, 2011 and Stein and Savits, 2011). Recent studies indicate they may act as hormone disrupters and delay the onset of puberty (Espinosa et al, 2011) and bring on early menopause (Knox et al, 2011). As a result of the fact these chemicals have been found in most of the population, Du Pont the manufacturer has been forced to phase them out. Unfortunately this will not happen until 2015. This has not prevented a $107.6 million class-action settlement from 70,000 Washington residents whose drinking water was polluted by PFOA against DuPont Company.

Tips to reduce your exposure to these chemicals

  • Do not use non-stick cookware. Use stainless steel, ceramics, pyrex or cast iron to cook your food in
  • Avoid stain repellant clothing (found in hiking stores)
  • Store your food and beverages in glass, stainless steel, ceramics, pyrex or safe plastics

References

Gump, BB, Q Wu, AK Dumas and K Kannan. 2011. Perfluorochemical (PFC) exposure in children: Associations with impaired response inhibition. Environmental Science and Technology http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es103712g.

Stein, CR, and DA Savits. 2011. Serum perfluorinated compound concentration and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children aged 5 to 18 years. Environmental Health Perspectives http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1003538.

Ward, K. (2011). Panel to release first C8 'probable link' findings. The Charleston Gazette. (1 December 2011)

 
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