Perfluoro-chemicals and Health
Perfluorochemicals: chemicals to keep things from sticking – what happens when they enter our bodies?
These chemicals magically keep food from sticking to pans and anything greasy from sticking to clothes, carpets and packaging. They are even used in common cosmetic products.
When we cook with non-stick pans, sit on stain resistant furniture and carpet, wear stain resistant clothing, eat food out of fast food containers and wear some brands of make-up we are absorbing these chemicals into our bodies.
What harm could come of that? Recent studies have linked Perfluorochemicals to an array of reproductive health concerns including: male and female infertility, delayed puberty, irregular menses and early menopause.
So what can you do?
• Look for clothing that has not been treated with that has been treated for water or stain resistance.
• Choose carpeting and furniture without stain-resistant chemicals added.
• Cook with stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic or glass cookware. These substances are inert, and won’t transfer chemicals into food.
• Use real plates instead of paper. The waxy coating on many disposable plates can contain PFCs
• Cut back on packaged and fast foods. Greasy foods are often wrapped in oil-resistant packaging that may contain PFCs.
• Pop popcorn the old-fashioned way: stovetop or air-popper. Microwaveable popcorn bags are often coated with PFCs.
• Choose cosmetics and personal care products without “PTFE”, “perfluoro”or “fluoro” on the ingredient list. Visit the Environmental Working Group’s on-line database, Skin Deep, to view the ingredients in thousands of and to find safer choices.