The Right Cookware
When it comes to healthy eating, the right cookware is generally overlooked. Food cooking and heating in a proper cookware is just as essential to the health of our kids as eating good food. For instance, never heat food in microwave in a plastic container. Always use BPA free plastic for water, food storage etc. The right cookware is an essential part of the equation to stay healthy.
The issue with Aluminum cookware:
Unionized aluminium pan reacts with acidic food and will leach on to the food and enter the body through food. Aluminium is known to be present in Alzheimer’s patient’s brains and is considered. Aluminium cannot be easily excreted by kidneys thereby causes further health problems like kidney stones.
When possible, cook in steel and iron/ cast iron cookware.
The Teflon coating of non-stick pans starts to peel off after repetitive cooking. Teflon is a synthetic chemical made up of carbon and fluorine atoms, also called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
History of Teflon and PFOA:
Teflon was first made in the 1930s, and provided a nonreactive, non-stick and almost frictionless surface.
Until 2013, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used in Teflon coatings. This coating PFOA has been linked to a number of health conditions, including chronic kidney disease, infertility, low birth weight, thyroid disorders, testicular cancer and liver disease.
At high temperatures, Teflon coating starts to break down. This is the reason why it is not advised to heat the non- stick pan for long before cooking food. This excessive heat releases toxins from Teflon coating which is known to cause chills, headaches, fever and body aches. In rare cases, it can cause serious lung damage.
Cast iron pans are great for cooking and is one of the top contenders for heathy cooking. Iron is a very important mineral and is particularly useful as cooking in cast iron leads to increased amount of iron in food. This is particularly useful if the diet consists mainly of vegan or vegetarian meals with very little to no meat.
Stainless steel is another safe cooking option. Along with being non-toxic, stainless steel cookware is durable, heats quickly, and has been found to brown food better than non-stick alternatives.