GreenPan™ 6-piece Nonstick Cookware Set $99.90 at Home Shopping Network
Teflon or (Polytetrafluoroethylene (PFTE) coated cookware has been in the news lately with stories it could pose health risks to users. However some question just how much of a health risk it is, but many people are being scared off teflon anyway, electing to play it safe and look around for more reassuring options in their pots and pans.
In this article by Consumer Health Advocate, Mike Adams, states the alarms over Teflon are overblown and would only pose real danger if you cook at super high temperatures or do something crazy like use brillo pads to scour them with. However, he implies the cheap Walmart Teflon pans suck – and if you gotta have Teflon, go for the highend, maybe a $300 Williams-Sonoma sauce pan.
On the other hand, one of the best is the old fashioned cast-iron pans that can still be found in a thrift store near you. They heat evenly, last forever if you season them properly and take care of them. You get the added benefit of getting the healthy iron that will slowly release into your food when cooking. The new ceramic coated cast iron is a great option too, but you lose the iron supplement and often you’ll use more oil than is good for your cardiovascular system to prevent sticking. Fortunately there are other options for chemical free cookware.
GreenPan, recently introduced its new line of eco-friendly cookware to the Home Shopping Network and promptly sold out. It seems they are now available again, at least some models. Their cookware doesn’t use PFTE or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and instead uses their new material called Thermolon that apparently works great as a non-stick surface, it remains stable and inert in extremely high temperatures, up to 850°F As an added bonus they claim their production methods cause 50% fewer greenhouse gases to be released.
We haven’t yet got our hands on these new green cookware (sadly, we haven’t yet trashed our Teflon-coated Target Death Pans) but to hear from some people in the know, check out the 88 reviews at HSN of mostly very happy users who relate how pleased they are with these pans.