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Infographic: Can You Cook Safely With Teflon?

Overheated Teflon can kill caged birds, but is there any safe way to use the plastic polymer that coats many non-stick pans?

When it comes to pots and pans, no single material is both a good conductor of heat and chemically nonreactive. Aluminum, cast iron, and stainless steel also require oils, which is possibly why chemists developed non-stick pots and pans coated with Teflon—also known as the scary-sounding polytetrafluoroethylene.

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