Granitium non-stick coating is a widely used material coat in many non-stick pans and cookware products. Granitium is actually a brand name for polytetrafluorethylene or PTEE/ Teflon. If Granitium coating is nothing but a Teflon coating, then is it safe to use? Is it a marketing strategy of the manufacturers to sell the same product under a new name? Are the manufacturers trying to hide the fact that their non-stick pans contain PTEE?
There is plenty of disinformation regarding non-stick cookware and marketers can easily mislead you. In this article, we will discuss what is a Granitium non-stick coating made of and what is the risk of health hazards related to the use of Granitium coating kitchen appliances. We will also explain whether a Granitium coating pan is safe to use in your kitchen. So, stay tuned with us for some accurate and useful information regarding kitchen cookware.
What Is Granitium Non-stick Coating Made of?
Even though the manufacturers have not disclosed the particular composition of Granitium, it is surely a polytetrafluorethylene (Teflon) coating with small aluminium oxide particles. So, if people have a trust issue with Teflon coating appliances, then why they are using Granitium coating appliances?
It could be because they do not know that Granitium coating contains PTEE. Another significant reason can be that people find it different from the previous Teflon coating. Granitium is comparatively lighter and highly heat resistant. Along with this Granitum coating is free of harmful chemicals, such as PFOS and PFOA. Being a PFOA-free cookware, Granitium can avoid certain health risks and has become trustworthy to people.
Granitium non-stick coating is widely recognized as granite. Apart from PTEE, this coating also contains some layers of hard ceramic to produce a hard texture. This rough texture is useful to protect the PTEE from wearing out or tearing out by other utensils or abrasive cleaners.
Is Granitium Coating Safe?
To understand whether a Granitium coating appliance is safe, we will have to understand whether the use of PTEE cookware is safe or not.
A PTEE cookware can be safe and create no harm if you use it properly. PTEE does not react with the human body when you are cooking at a low temperature. The melting point of PTEE is about 600F. However, if the temperature reaches above 390F, it will lose its stability and begin to break down. If you use PTEE cookware over 400F repeatedly, then it will emit fumes or smoke and that is quite harmful to human lungs. The fumes are even deadly to pet birds, especially when the temperature is above 536F.
Therefore, if you can avoid cooking at high temperatures, you can avoid the adverse effects of PTEE. In addition, it is better to avoid high temperatures to prevent your non-stick pan from destroying. Like any other non-stick cookware, Granitium coating is also susceptible to heat and fatigue to excessive heat. However, it is debatable whether a Granitium coating emits more dangerous fumes at high temperatures than other kitchen fumes or not.
The Advantages of Granitium Non-stick Coating:
The main advantage of using Granitium coating or granite is that it helps to prevent food from sticking to the surface of the pan. This coating is also heat-resistant and easy to clean. Granite also protects the surfaces of kitchen cookware from fading and tarnishing.
Another advantage is that this coating is free of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). Manufacturers use PFOA to make PTEE cookware and several other products. PFOA is poisonous and extremely toxic to humans. As PFOA does not break down straightforwardly, it creates an environmental hazard.
However, it’s not only Granitium cookware but all cookware now in the USA are also PFOA-free. You should also understand that when your non-stick cookware is free from PFOA that does not mean your cookware is PTEE-free. Your non-stick pan may contain PTEE, but it is not made through PFOA.
Is Ceramic Cookware Safer Than PTEE Cookware?
The major advantage of ceramic cookware is that this cookware is made of sand which is a natural and inorganic substance. Ceramic cookware can also resist high temperatures and be durable. Even though this coating does not break down at high temperatures or release harmful fumes, the manufacturing process of ceramic cookware may involve the use of some toxic substances, such as cadmium, lead, arsenic, and harmful titanium dioxide nanoparticles during the sol-gel coating procedure. As these substances are extremely harmful to humans, we can not ensure that the use of ceramic cookware would be safe for you.
Should I Use Granitium Non-stick Pans?
Granitium non-stick pans can be safe to use if you use them properly. If you can keep the heat below 390F, then Granitium coating will not cause harmful effects on your health.
Consider these following tips while using a Granitium non-stick pan-
- Do not leave a Granitium pan unattended while cooking
- Do not heat a vacant pan
- Do not go above 390F or medium heat
- Know the dangers before using these pans.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The safest and healthiest cookware materials are stainless steel, completely non-toxic ceramic materials, glass, cast iron, and enamel-coated cast iron. Cookware made of these materials is safe for our health and environment.
Granitium and granite are the same. Granitium is actually a brand name for polytetrafluorethylene or PTEE/ Teflon.
Granitium coating and Teflon are the same in terms of material. However, manufacturers produce Granitium differently from Teflon coating and the manufacturing of Granitium does not involve PFOA.
Your non-stick pans will not last forever. Generally, a non-stick pan starts to get scratched and discolored after a certain time. So, consider the condition of your pan to determine whether to use it or not. It is better to replace your pan nearly after every five years.
Yes, all non-stick pans and other cookware are PFOA-free in the USA since 2013.