Is your Cookware Considered Healthy?

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Healthy cookware may not be something you have ever considered.  However,  if you are trying to eat better, you may be seeking  healthier cookware options. Each of the following types of cookware has their advantages but they may also have disadvantages.  After reading about them, consider which one fits your needs most.

Stainless Steel

Considered as being one of the safest of all cooking materials, stainless steel is non-reactive and will not corrode. It is also easy to clean.  It is important to note, however, that if harsh abrasives are used, it could damage the surface of the cookware.

Cast Iron

This cookware is naturally non-stick. Using it also adds iron to your diet. You can find it pre-seasoned and with an enamel coating.  Be aware that enameled or glazed cookware that is made outside of the country may not be made with the same safety standards as the US.

Bamboo

If you are trying a low-fat diet, bamboo cookware is a great one to consider. It is renewable and eco-friendly and adds a touch of flavor to whatever you cook.

Terra Cotta

Another type of cookware good for low-fat cooking is Terra Cotta. This is great for low temperature cooking or for steaming.  Simply soak the cookware in water, place your food into it and then bake it in a low-temperature oven until the Terra Cotta is dry.

Teflon

Teflon has been around since the 40’s, and many newer cookware brands use this form of coating.   Some experts in healthy cookware do not like to use this type of cookware because the coating gives off the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which has been found to cause cancer in animals. :/

Tinned Copper

Copper is considered safe because it conducts heat well and can be used for a number of different tasks.   It is best to use copper cookware that has a thin outer layer of tin.

In our home, we use stainless steel the majority of the time.  Although I do have a few Teflon pans,  I have learned that you get what you pay for.  I usually end up throwing out my Teflon pans each year.  They never seem to last.  I plan on saving up for a cast iron skillet. 🙂  What is your preferred cookware?

 

 

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