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Dispelling the Myths About Nonstick Cookware Coatings

The fiction—and the facts—about today's DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings.

Common Myths:

1.  "Safety concerns about cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings."
2.  "Nonstick coatings wear off easily."
3.  "Nonstick-coated pans cannot be put in the dishwasher."
4.  "Ceramic coatings or so-called “green pans” are safer or better than pans with Teflon® brand nonstick coating."
5.  "Nonstick coatings are all the same."
6.  "“Teflon” is the same thing as PFOA."
7.  "You can't store food in the refrigerator in a nonstick pan."
8.  "Nonstick pans are not for serious cooks or chefs."
9.  "Some cooking techniques, such as deglazing, searing and browning, just don’t work with a nonstick pan."
10.  "If a pan has a textured bottom, food can get stuck in the pattern."
11.  "High heat will damage the pan’s nonstick finish."
12.  "You should not use metal utensils on nonstick coatings."
13.  "If a nonstick surface is scratched, it should be thrown away."
14.  "I'm still not convinced that particles of nonstick coating won't come off during cooking and get into my food."

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1.   Myth:  "Safety concerns about cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings." 
Fact:  Cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings is safe for its intended use, and in fact, it can contribute to a heart-healthy low-fat diet by letting you cook with little or no fat.

Over fifty years of consumer use, along with laboratory testing and published peer-reviewed research, has affirmed that cookware made with Teflon® nonstick coatings is safe for both consumer and commercial use at normal cooking temperatures. For more information, refer to the Safety of DuPont™ Teflon® Nonstick Coating Systems and read our Key Safety Questions about Teflon® Nonstick Coatings.

2.   Myth:  "Nonstick coatings wear off easily." 
Fact:  Some DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings are guaranteed for the life of the pan. And all are engineered to resist chipping, peeling and flaking.
3.    Myth:  "Nonstick-coated pans cannot be put in the dishwasher." 
Fact:  If a nonstick pan has Teflon® nonstick coatings and is from a reputable manufacturer, it can be put in the dishwasher. Still, always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s care instructions.
4.    Myth:  "Ceramic coatings or so-called “green pans” are safer or better than pans with Teflon® brand nonstick coating." 
Fact:  In repeated tests, cookware with Teflon® nonstick coatings outperformed ceramics and lasted seven times longer than ceramic-coated pans. Find out the facts about ceramic coated cookware.
5.    Myth:  "Nonstick coatings are all the same." 
Fact:  When it comes to long lasting nonstick performance, DuPont™ Teflon® brand nonstick coatings outperform competitors, including ceramics or so-called “green pans.”
6.    Myth:  "“Teflon” is the same thing as PFOA." 
Fact: If someone tells you “Teflon” is PFOA, they are wrong. Teflon® is a brand. Even the EPA has said that the Teflon® brand is not PFOA. In fact, DuPont™ Teflon® nonstick coatings for cookware and consumer bakeware are made without PFOA.
7.    Myth:  "You can't store food in the refrigerator in a nonstick pan." 
Fact:  Oh yes you can, with no problems whatsoever.
8.    Myth:  "Nonstick pans are not for serious cooks or chefs." 
Fact:  Premium nonstick coatings, such as DuPont™ Teflon® Platinum Plus brand, are tailored to withstand intense use and have been used by professional chefs for more than 50 years.
9.    Myth:  "Some cooking techniques, such as deglazing, searing and browning, just don’t work with a nonstick pan." 
Fact:  You can deglaze, brown and sear foods in nonstick pans. In fact, browning food in one may impart a richer color and flavor because the resulting liquid won’t stick to the pan.
10.    Myth:  "If a pan has a textured bottom, food can get stuck in the pattern." 
Fact:  You may get attached to your cookware coated with Teflon® quality tested nonstick coatings, but food never will. The superior food release is in no way diminished by these textured surfaces. In fact, these pans can actually extend the performance of a nonstick coating by minimizing the contact between surface and utensils. Nonstick pans with textured bottoms should be treated like any other nonstick pan, and will provide many years of great performance and easy cleanup.
11.    Myth:  "High heat will damage the pan’s nonstick finish." 
Fact:  Nonstick pans with Teflon® coatings can stand the heat. You can heat a nonstick pan up to 500°F without damaging the finish. What’s more, 500°F is well above the temperatures required for boiling, frying and baking.
12.    Myth:  "You should not use metal utensils on nonstick coatings." 
Fact:  DuPont has top-of-the-line coatings that will stand up to almost anything, even metal utensils. Be sure to check the cookware manufacturer’s label.
13.    Myth:  "If a nonstick surface is scratched, it should be thrown away." 
Fact:  Scratches do not affect performance. They may be unsightly, but not the end of your cookware.
14.    Myth:  "I'm still not convinced that particles of nonstick coating won't come off during cooking and get into my food." 
Fact:  Particles from Teflon® branded cookware are not harmful, even if ingested. Confidence in the safety and performance of DuPont nonstick coatings is based on more than 40 years of laboratory testing and use in home and commercial kitchens.

Over fifty years of consumer use, along with laboratory testing and published peer-reviewed research, has affirmed that cookware made with Teflon® nonstick coatings is safe for both consumer and commercial use at normal cooking temperatures.

For more information, refer to the Safety of DuPont™ Teflon® Nonstick Coating Systems and read our Key Safety Questions about Teflon® Nonstick Coatings.