5 ways to avoid PFCs

PFCs, or perfluorinated chemicals, are located in many items that people interact with every day-- so many, in fact, it's nearly impossible to identify or list them all.

A recent study uncovered that these chemicals, commonly found in packaging for items like microwave popcorn and pizza, cause cancer in mice-- and might cause cancer in humans.

It's tough to eliminate contact completely, but here are 5 tips to avoid PFCs:

  • Cut back on fast food. Wrappers often contain PFC's.
  • Avoid non-stick pans and kitchen utensils, instead use cast iron or stainless steel.
  • Be careful with fabrics labeled stain or water repellent.
  • Research purchases, especially outdoor gear, and opt for clothing that doesn't say "Gore-Tex" or "Teflon."
  • Pop popcorn the old-fashioned way-- on a stove top. Avoid microwavable bagged varieties.