This week, a large group of world-renowned scientists published a report warning consumers about the dangers of poly and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), the chemicals that are used in non-stick cookware. The recent report has been signed by over 200 scientists and is one of the first times that the dangers of these chemicals have been recognized by mainstream science.
The report was published in a journal called “Environmental Health Perspectives”, in a document called “the Madrid Statement.”
It was noted by the scientists that these chemicals are not only harmful to humans through cooking food, but it has also contaminated the environment and water supplies.
Leading cookware companies that manufacture with these chemicals are insisting that the report is unfounded and false, and that their products are completely safe. However, even the taste is noticeably different when cooking with these chemicals, and there have been a number of studies indicating their dangers as well.
According to The Madrid Statement:
In animal studies, some long-chain PFASs have been found to cause liver toxicity, disruption of lipid metabolism and the immune and endocrine systems, adverse neurobehavioral effects, neonatal toxicity and death, and tumors in multiple organ systems. In the growing body of epidemiological evidence, some of these effects are supported by significant or suggestive associations between specific long-chain PFASs and adverse outcomes, including associations with testicular and kidney cancers, liver malfunction, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, lower birth weight and size, obesity, decreased immune response to vaccines, and reduced hormone levels and delayed puberty.
Unfortunately, stainless steel cookware is slightly more expensive and harder to find than non-stick cookware, however considering the risks it definitely seems like a worthwhile investment.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. This article is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and TrueActivist.Com.