The latest bit of research about the chemicals used in non-stick cookware is connecting them to cholesterol in young people. Worse still is that the same chemicals found in Teflon style non-stick cookwares are also used in many different types of household fabrics. This new research was published this month in one of the JAMA journals called Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers showed that the main chemicals of interest are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) which both effect cholesterol levels in young adults. According to the study, both good and bad types of cholesterol increase in youth exposed to materials containing these chemicals. “PFOA was significantly associated with increased total cholesterol and LDL-C, and PFOS was significantly associated with increased total cholesterol, HDL-C, and LDL-C.” The study is the first to make these connections and cannot yet prove absolute cause and effect, but the study clearly stated that “the consistently observed associations between increasing PFOA and PFOS and elevated total cholesterol and LDL-C levels warrant further study.” Read More Here
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