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Old 05-02-2006, 01:12 PM   #1
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PFOA
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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Damn it! One of my rare cheat snacks is light microwave popcorn.
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Old 05-02-2006, 01:41 PM   #3
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Sorry, but at least the half life is only 4 years.
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Old 05-02-2006, 03:43 PM   #4
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One of the most widely known compounds made using PFOA is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), sold under the brand name Teflon by DuPont.
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:15 PM   #5
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There are current studies underway about the health impacts of teflon. As long as it stays adhered to whatever surface it is coating it's not a problem, but most of these surfaces breakdown over time and enter your food. It's a pretty non-reactive substance (why it works so well as a non-stick), but there are signs it is having some effect. Better quality teflon cookware will not sluff teflon into your food as rapidly. I love teflon so I'm pretty bummed about the possibilities.
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Old 05-02-2006, 04:32 PM   #6
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I'm cool with going back to Jiffy-Pop!
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Old 05-02-2006, 08:18 PM   #7
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I quit using Teflon. I found that a drizzle of oil makes my skillet and wok just as non-stick as the Teflon without any worries of PFOA. It may be a non-issue, but if something else accomplishes the same task, why leave it to chance?
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Old 05-02-2006, 09:45 PM   #8
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Jiffy pop rules over Microwave popcorn anyday. Just don't burn it.
Plus it's more fun to make. Or an air popper.
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Old 05-03-2006, 07:20 AM   #9
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ePTFE or expanded PTFE is also the primary component in GORE-TEX. It's great for fabrics but I'm not sure I want it anywhere near (or in) my food. That being said, PTFE is one of the most inert compounds ever created.
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Old 05-03-2006, 03:13 PM   #10
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Jiffy Pop it is!
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