If you want to cook healthy you want to cook with less oil. For that & for re-heating food, a non-stick pan is a lot easier than a regular steel pan.
There is only one problem, if you're using Teflon. Teflon is considered "safe" but allow me to swim upstream. I learnt many years ago, when my friend's bird died, that Teflon is toxic to birds. I didn't know that earlier and it didn't make me feel so good. Hey, have you ever wondered where all the scraped off Teflon from an old pan went ?
So, though I am no scientist, I have found an alternative that makes me feel safer: Ceramics :)
These types of pans work great ! We love them! I feel they are more non-stick than Teflon.
Here are photos of some ceramic cookware I can now find. My own set has been packed and is in transit to India. This is the set I have.
My approach to health is all encompassing and potential toxins in my cookware are something I choose to avoid.
Coming soon : why I stopped using the microwave :0
This is an excerpt from Wikipedia on PTFE which is the key ingredient to make Teflon cookware.
While PTFE is stable and nontoxic, it begins to deteriorate after the temperature of cookware reaches about 533 K (260 °C; 500 °F), and decomposes above 623 K (350 °C; 662 °F). These degradation by-products can be lethal to birds, and can cause flu-like symptoms in humans. In May, 2003, the environmental research and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group filed a 14-page brief with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission petitioning for a rule requiring that cookware and heated appliances bearing non-stick coatings carry a label warning of hazards to people and to birds.
Meat is usually fried between 400 and 450 °F (204 and 232 °C), and most oils will start to smoke before a temperature of 500 °F(260 °C) is reached, but there are at least two cooking oils (refined safflower oil and avocado oil) that have a higher smoke point than500 °F (260 °C). Empty cookware can also exceed this temperature upon heating.
As of October 29, 2012, environmental exposure (i.e., via water and air) to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA or C8) has been linked to high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension"
Junior Gupta is the founder & Chief Research Officer of Cure My Diabetes. He has spent over 8 years of research of food, nutrition and diseases.