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The truth about Teflon

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Is your cookware making you sick?

You're choosing whole foods and paying close attention to how you're nourishing your body.

Now, how are you cooking those foods?

Teflon (and other nonstick surfaces) emits a toxic gas at high heat. The source of that gas is perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which manufacturers have agreed to phase out of their cookware by 2015. The EPA has labeled PFOA "a likely carcinogen."

Even DuPont acknowledges the "Teflon flu": flu-like symptoms that result from breathing Teflon fumes. But they say it's harmless. Uh huh.

This 2003 20/20 report is still just as true today as it was then.