Coach Alicia Fong

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Health Tip for week July 5th

Hi everybody-

Sorry I haven’t been updating the blog.  I moved to a new place last week and didn’t have internet until this weekend.  I finally settled in.   So here it is:  Health tip for this week is

“If you are using Teflon pans and/or pots for cooking, throw them away because they post dangers to your health”

As I was moving last week, the movers asked me what I thought of Teflon pans.  And sometimes I forget that people are not aware of the health dangers around them.  I was suprised that they had no idea about the toxicity of the teflon pans and the potential dangers to their health.

New research suggests that the byproducts of the heat-resistant coating are toxic to both you and the environment, including some linked to the destruction of the ozone layer – as if that’s not already a big enough problem.

Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), a chemical used to make Teflon non-stick coatings has been shown to remain in humans for years and small amounts of the chemical are believed to be present in a large proportion of the American public. Evidence has shown that PFOA can cause cancers in rats and could increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels in humans.

PFOA has already been implicated in increased instances of cancer in the pancreas, liver, testicles, and mammary glands, as well as miscarriages, thyroid problems, weakened immune systems, and low organ weights. Do you want to take the risk?


July 5, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Alicia what do you recommend instead of Teflon coated pots and pans, any particular brand you use, or is it best rather to steam foods.

    Comment by Craig | July 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Craig-

      I will completely avoid Teflon coated pots and pans. I recommend stainless steel pots and pans. The brand is not so important as long as they are made of stainless steel. I hope this answers your questions. Thanks for reading.

      Comment by coachfong | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the info Alicia.What do you look for in steamers?obviously plastic models are best to avoid, would bamboo steamers be a suitable option?


    Comment by Craig | July 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Bamboo steamers is ok as long as they are being process without using chemicals. If it made in China, I wouldn’t use it. You can find out where the bamboo is coming from and how they bind it or constructed the product. I hope this helps and answered your question.

      Comment by coachfong | July 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Good stuff thanks Alicia, actually going to try source out some glass or quality steel steamers..with the option of bamboo.


    Comment by Craig | July 20, 2010 | Reply

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