So here is the usual scenario: you are at work and it is the middle of the afternoon. You have 32 work e-mails waiting to be answered and you have a report due on your manager’s desk in less than an hour. So, what is the first thing you are going to do? Well, if you are like most people in this situation, you will most likely head to the breakroom and grab a donut or potato chips from the vending machine in order to relieve some of that stress. We are probably all guilty of stress eating at some point in our lives but there are things you can do when the urge strikes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. :/
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?