Common Household Chemical Found in Teflon Frying Pans Linked to Heart Disease, New Study Finds

I haven’t used Teflon for many year now. It’s just one of the many ‘smart moves’ anyone can make in their lifestyle as well. The awareness and research has been out for some time now – that there are other better suited materials available for cooking surfaces. And it’s not just cooking with Teflon that you need to be more aware of –  it’s a variety of uses, such as it’s widespread use in carpeting, apparel, upholstery, leather, floor waxes, and electrical insulation to name a few.

Since cooking in most industrialized countries is virtually a daily occurrence, it’s more important than you might think to be on the right side of this information. So here we go again. Please do your own research and find out why this is so VITAL to your health and well-being.

What are you REALLY frying?Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown have found a strong correlation between human exposure to a common household chemical and cardiovascular disease in the U.S. population. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), has been used since the mid-20th century by such companies as 3M and DuPont in a variety of applications, such as carpeting, apparel, upholstery, leather, floor waxes, and electrical insulation. PFOA has also been used in the manufacture of Teflon and Gore-Tex. Some types of food packaging such as microwave popcorn bags have also been found to contain PFOA, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).

In their article, “Perfluorooctanoic Acid and Cardiovascular Disease in U.S. Adults,” published this month in Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers Anoop Shankar, Jie Xiao, and Alan Ducatman write that “PFOA is detectable in the blood of more than 98 percent of the US population.” Their new study of 1,261 people shows that higher blood levels of PFOA are associated with increased occurrence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD), independent of other factors such as age, race, sex, ethnicity, smoking status, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Nothing is worth more than your health. And even more so for your children. So spend your hard-earned money where it will count most. You can learn more about living in a healthy home, a healthy environment, here on my previous post announcing Healthy Child, Healthy World news.

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