There are many common cookware products that can potentially harm your health. In a time when health is of the utmost importance, there are several safe, effective, and non-toxic cookware alternatives!
With the arrival of COVID-19, we’re all out of our normal routines. Life as we knew it has ceased for the time being. One challenge we’re faced with right now, amongst many others, is home cooking. While some of us may be used to cooking at home daily, it’s a new practice for others. And what better time to learn the healthiest cooking practices than during this time of quarantine and social distancing?
First things first: when it comes to fat loss and gut health (my areas of specialty), eating real, whole, natural foods is always the top priority. Honestly, this is your straight shot to success. However, once eating real food becomes a daily habit, we shift our focus to food quality, and lastly, food quantity. Then, come the lifestyle changes, including sleep quality and quantity, stress management, toxin exposure, and more. If you want to learn more about the most effective dietary and lifestyle practices to implement during this quarantine, you can download my FREE ebook, “The Self-Quarantine Guide!”
As you can see, adopting diet and lifestyle changes can drastically improve your health. However, with the sudden increase of home-cooked meals, I want to zero in on a lifestyle change that is essential during quarantine: the type of cookware you use.
The Hidden Dangers of Toxic Cookware
It may come as a surprise to some of you to learn that the type of cookware you use on a daily basis has the potential to hinder or support your health. There are multiple cookware items found today that seem convenient and harmless, but they might be negatively affecting your health in more ways than one. Let’s take a look!
These cookware tools are the most common, yet also the most dangerous. Do your best to avoid these at all costs:
Non-Stick & Teflon
Non-stick and Teflon pans are, without a doubt, the most popular cooking tools. Obviously, they’re convenient and easy-to-use, as they prevent food from sticking while it cooks. However, these materials also contain PFC’s (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) – toxic chemicals known to disrupt hormone regulation and potentially cause thyroid problems.
Aluminum, once again, serves as a convenient cooking option. It’s what our grandmothers used to cook with because it’s lightweight and easy to use and clean. It’s also widely used for parties and catered events as disposable cookware – yes, this includes aluminum foil. But, guess what? The aluminum easily leaches into the food it contains. Although seemingly harmless, the consumption of aluminum has been connected to health conditions, like Alzheimers and other neurological issues.
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The Better Non-Toxic Cookware
GreenPan, made from a non-stick ceramic material seems to be a great alternative to Teflon. The material used is said to be free of chemical toxins. I’m still a bit hesitant (although I do use these from time to time) because testing is limited.
Le Creuset is made from stainless steel and enamel. It’s definitely one of the safer options, but some sources do say that there is the potential of lead and cadmium leaching into your food.
The Safest Non-Toxic Cookware
The Always Pan
I recently discovered the Always Pan, which has quickly become my favorite cookware set. Made with an aluminum base, this pan is coated with a non-stick ceramic material that is free of PTFE- and PFAS. When taken care of properly, the Always Pan is one of the healthiest and most convenient cooking tools. Bonus: it’s the perfect size and shape to do the work of eight different cookware pieces. The Always Pan includes a nesting stainless steel steamer basket, modular lid, and nesting spatula (finished with natural mineral oil).
A cast iron skillet is easily one of the most versatile, yet traditional cooking tools available. It can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. Keeping it correctly seasoned and well-cared for may seem high maintenance, but it’s well worth it. However, it’s important to note that a cast iron pan is not a great option for those who have high iron levels or are at risk for iron overload.
Lastly, a stainless steel pan is another safe, non-toxic cooking tool. These pans are affordable and readily available. Unfortunately, they are not non-stick, which is a major downside.
As you can see, there are many safer, healthier, non-toxic cookware alternatives. By easily switching out your aluminum and/or Teflon pans, you can help ensure your family’s health while you enjoy many home cooked meals!