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A frying pan in poor condition can release millions of plastic particles, study finds


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Australian researchers are raising the alarm about Teflon pots and pans. While they allow cooks to reduce the use of fat, they can be dangerous to health when their non-stick coating is damaged. According to their study published in Science of The Total Environment and relayed by Science Alert, a scratch releases up to 9,100 plastic particles.

Even worse. In just 30 seconds of cooking, a coating in very poor condition can release up to 2.3 million particles. To achieve this result, the scientists used Raman spectroscopy, a method for analyzing molecular structure; says Slate. They cut a non-stick utensil into pieces before performing a simulation of a cooking process with a record player.

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Faced with the potential danger of Teflon, specialists advise getting rid of all old pans and saucepans with a non-stick coating in poor condition. “It is essential to be rigorous in the selection and use of kitchen utensils to prevent food contamination”, assures Youhong Tang, an engineer from Flinders University in Australia. In addition, do not use sharp objects on kitchen accessories, otherwise they will be damaged prematurely.

Source: 20minutes

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