ICMR Warns Against Misuse of Non-Stick Teflon Cookware

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Nutrition have updated dietary guidelines, emphasizing the risks associated with non-stick Teflon cookware when misused. Teflon, composed of carbon and fluorine, can release harmful fumes if heated above 170°C, posing health risks. The guidelines recommend avoiding pre-heating empty pans, using low to medium heat, utilizing wooden or plastic utensils, and checking for surface damage. Proper cleaning and exploring alternative cookware like stainless steel, cast iron, clay, and stone are also advised. The updates aim to enhance public awareness and promote healthier cooking practices in India.

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