1 TE­FLON

Good Health Choices - - Be Nourished -

Its sci­en­tific name is poly­te­traflu­o­roethy­lene, and Te­flon is still com­monly used to coat non-stick pots and pans.

The dan­gers of Te­flon hit the news a while back, but uten­sils con­tain­ing the sub­stance are still widely used through­out the world. A study con­ducted by the Uni­ver­sity of Ex­eter an­a­lysed blood sam­ples of around 4000 peo­ple and mea­sured their poly­te­traflu­o­roethy­lene con­cen­tra­tions.

The re­sult? Par­tic­i­pants with the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of this chem­i­cal were twice as likely to suf­fer from thy­roid prob­lems. De­pend­ing on whether the thy­roid is over or un­der­ac­tive, this can lead to fa­tigue, a slower me­tab­o­lism, de­pres­sion or a rapid heart­beat.

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