Costco and Ameriware
Products continue to deceive consumers into thinking their
professional cookware products contain safer non-stick coatings
than teflon. However, the claims of a safer coating have never
been tested and independent research has found generic versions
of the same chemicals that compose teflon.
As consumers continue their quest in finding that magical
non-stick piece of cookware that is teflon-free, many have
come across Ameriware Professional Cookware products commonly
sold at Costco. The sales presentation is very convincing,
however the information provided is very false.
Just last week I was curious as to how they presented this
cookware at their sales demonstration at my local Costco.
I had previously researched this cookware, so I was well aware
of the actual chemical compositon of these pans. Sure enough,
the presenter emphasized that the coating was "cermanic
titanium" and not teflon. I asked directly if the actual
coating was ceramic titanium or if had other integrated chemicals.
The presenter's response was very antagonistic, and sharply
stated that it was ONLY ceramic titanium and that there was
absolutely NO teflon or similar chemicals on the coating.
Can you fault the presenter? Probably not, as this is likely
how they are trained to pitch the demo to the public. However,
research into these pots and pans has clearly shown that Costco
and Ameriware are not letting you in on the whole story. The
fact is, the non-stick coating on all the Ameriware pots and
pans is composed of synthetic fluoropolymers identical to
those of teflon. They emphasize that "there is no teflon"
because there isn't. Dupont and its trademarked Teflon are
now under fire by the federal Environmental Protection Agency
and other international regulatory bodies for failing to disclose
its health hazzards. Why would they promote such a well known
dangerous chemical? Instead they cleverly engineered the coating
from chemicals identical to teflon and relabeled the new trademarked
coating as Ti-2.
Two independent University tests which examined the chemical
constituents of Ameriware's 3-layer non-stick system (Ti-2)
found that mineral oxides and synthetic fluoropolymers were
found to be the "primarly chemical consituents"
of the coating. The structure and base of the pan are primarily
ceramic titanium, however the coating is not.
Teflon is made from a synthetic fluoropolymer resin. Ti-2
contains synthetic fluoropolymers which are baked on the ceramin
titanium base at very high temperatures. Does this make them
different? Not at all. You're cooking with the same chemicals
with the exception that the Ti-2 coating may have a tendency
to flake less since it's much harder than their teflon counterparts.
In the long-term, the damage to the environment and your health
are the same.
A group of scientific advisers to the Environmental Protection
Agency voted unanimously that chemicals used in the manufacture
of Teflon like nonstick and stain-resistant products should
be considered a likely carcinogen.
PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) is used as a necessary processing
aid in the manufacture of all fluoropolymers. PFOA is a well
known carcinogen that has been linked to cancer, birth defects
and liver damage. In my opinion, any company that attempts
to promote teflon generics that masquerade as safer products
should be prosecuted.
The fact that Costco and Ameriware continue to misrepresent
the facts of this non-stick coating is pure marketing and
dangerous to consumers and their health. Stay away from this
cookware or any other that claims to have a safe non-stick
coating. It doesn't exist and likely never will. A good stainless
steel pan lasts decades, and will keep you healthy for their
lifespan and yours.
Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes
in cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.
He is a health activist, author and contributor to hundreds
of health related articles.