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Beware of Your Cookware!

Hello Loyal Soup People! As many of you know, I’m a big fan of cooking at home. It is the best way to eat as healthy as possible. You know exactly what’s in your food and how it’s cooked… we hope. Unfortunately, not all cookware is created equally! I wanted to go over a few cookware tips this week and clear up any misinformation so you can feel confident in how you cook at home.

There are five common types of cookware used at home:

– Aluminum – this is the most affordable and common type of cookware found in people’s kitchens. Some outdated research suggested a connection between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer’s disease. However, this has not been substantiated in later studies. This type of cookware is great for heat transfer and even cooking. Aluminum, however, can scratch over time so may need to be replaced more often.

– Ceramic – Ceramic itself is safe. However, the glaze or decorative coating may contain lead that can leach into food. Lead poisoning can be quite serious. Be sure to investigate what type of coating is used on your ceramic pot.

– Cast Iron – As strange as it sounds, iron leaching into your food from these types of pans is very healthy! It can actually help prevent iron deficiency. Slowly cooking highly acidic foods, such as tomato sauce, can help your food absorb the highest amount of iron from the pot. It sounds crazy, but it really is quite healthy!

– Non-Stock Cookware – Basically, avoid using non-stick pots and pans. The contain chemicals  that are carcinogenic. While the small amounts used in these pots and pans probably isn’t harmful, why add chemicals to your cooking process?

– Stainless Steel – The most expensive but the most durable. Nothing leeches into your food, and these types of pots and pans last forever. The only con is that steel doesn’t transfer heat efficiently. You can purchase stainless steel pots that have an aluminum core to help solve this problem.

As long as you are smart about your cookware choices, you’ll keep your food and your family safe. In general, it is best to hand wash your pots and pans. The dishwasher can wear them down. Happy cooking, everyone!