Why is Teflon bad?

by Bob | Last Updated:  October 20, 2020
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If the Teflon cookware is overheated beware. Teflon is sometimes a safe and stable compound. However, at temperatures above 570°F (300°C), Teflon coatings on nonstick cookware start to break down, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. You can get polymer fume fever aka Teflon flu (headaches, chills, fever), and if it’s real bad acute lung injury. This gas is strong enough to kill dogs, cats, birds, and other small animals.