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Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge Tip 2: Turn Down The Heat On Nonstick Pans

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, March 27, 2012 - 3:55pm

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Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge Tip 2: Turn Down The Heat On Nonstick Pans

Toxins get into our bodies through more than just food. We are exposed to them through our carpets, lawn chemicals—even our clothing. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you detox your kitchen and your diet.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 2: Turn Down The Heat On Nonstick Pans

Turn down the heat and use wooden utensils when using nonstick pans. High temperatures can cause the nonstick lining to release fumes that contain PFCs (perfluorocarbons). PFCs are linked to liver damage and developmental problems. And remember to use wooden utensils in your nonstick pans, which are less likely to scratch than metal utensils—scratches could lead you to ingest the PFCs in the nonstick lining. As an alternative to nonstick, try using cast iron. Find out how to season your cast-iron skillet here.

For more Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge tips, visit the Green Up Your Kitchen Challenge landing page.

TAGS: Kerri-Ann Jennings, Food News Blog, Cooking tips, Food & health news, Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge

Kerri-Ann Jennings
Kerri-Ann Jennings is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University.

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