Choosing the healthiest cookware to use is an important part of living a green and healthy lifestyle, because it’s an important step in avoiding chemical contaminants in the food you eat.
Not all cookware is equal, especially when it comes to the potential health risks associated with certain materials.
The absolute biggest offender is Teflon non-stick pans. The risks far outweigh the benefits. This brand of cookware made by DuPont contains polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and/or perfluorooctanoic acid that provides the “non-stick” surface.
According to the Environmental Working Group, these chemicals produce hazardous fumes at temperatures over 464°. In fact, did you know that heated Teflon has been proven for years to kill birds exposed to the fumes?
According to Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, and author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, recommends that the 3 best types of healthy cookware is cast iron cookware, glass pots and pans, and high grade stainless steel kitchenware.
Chef Laura Klein, and founder of OrganicAuthority.com, adds enameled cast iron to her recommendations.
NOTE: Always choose non toxic cookware that produces NO PFOA emmissions and that is PTFE-free.
Top 3 Healthiest Nontoxic Cookware Choices
1. Cast iron
Cast iron cookware has been around as far back as the Han Dynasty in China, 206 BC! Its commercial popularity waned during the last part of the 20th century, due to the development of Teflon coated cookware.
Yet, it’s still a favorite among chefs and green living enthusiasts because of the inert quality that the cast iron material offers. No off-gasing of toxic fumes. The material is also just about indestructible, which is a money saver. Plus, it’s very versatile and can be lugged around for camping or other outdoor recreational activities.
An added health benefit is that significant amounts of dietary iron is added to foods, especially those that are acidic.
Pots and pans made from glass are also among the healthiest cookware to use, even though it’s not the most commonly used.
Again, glass is inert with no toxic fumes while cooking. Glassware is also highly recyclable. It is exceptionally good to bake with because of its smooth, even heat distribution.
An old favorite brand that can still be found is Vision Ware. It’s relatively inexpensive and you can find a large selection of sizes and shapes for any cooking need.
3. Stainless steel
Stainless steel cookware is very popular because it offers great heat conduction, especially if it has a copper or aluminum core. Stainless steel tends to develop a naturally occuring non-stick surface. It is generally very durable, safe and non-reactive.
If you’re interested in preparing healthy, safe foods for yourself or your family, the first place to start is by choosing the healthiest pots and pans for cooking your organic foods. Healthy cooking!