We all remember the times where the most important thing for kids food-wise was to eat his or her vegetables. Today, it’s not that simple anymore. Today, cooking for your kids, for your entire family in fact, has become a real challenge, because you have to take be careful of everything: what produce you buy, where you buy it from, if it’s organic or not, if it’s imported or local, how you cook it AND in what you are cooking it in. The latter aspect, that of cookware, has become more and more of an issue ever since scientists discovered that our regular pots and pans can be toxic.
Why Does The Cookware Matter?
When you are preparing your meals, you want to lay the healthiest dishes for your family and you’re mindful of preparing a wholesome meal with the best ingredients. But what good does a healthy, balanced diet do if toxins and poisonous chemicals make their way into your kids’ food? Because that’s what regular cookware does. All the chemicals and metals that were used to manufacture those amazing non-stick pans, metal pots, enameled pots and pans that you love so much, when catalyzed by heat, leach into the food that you then feed your family. [Have you tried the baking soda test for leaching of metals/chemicals into food from cookware?] It doesn’t matter that you only buy bio products and locally grown produce, by the time you serve your family dinner, the meal can be full of toxins leached from the cookware. So the pots and pans you use matter. They matter a great deal. Pure clay pots are the best non-toxic cookware that you can find. In fact, they’re the real thing, the one type of kitchenware that you can be absolutely sure it has no toxins or chemicals in it whatsoever.
The Fine Print
Because safe and healthy cookware has become such an issue and the topic has received much attention from the blogosphere as well, a lot of cookware began to be marketed as non-toxic or chemical-free. But as it goes with any type of advertising or labeling, it’s the fine print that makes the difference. And when it comes to the food you serve your kids, you want to read the fine print. You’ve probably heard about natural clay being the best raw material for healthy cookware and that’s true. However, there is clay cookware available on the market that’s made from un-tested secondary clay and made with the use of different chemicals and additives and some that are even glazed, all of these only completely nullifies the purpose.
To ensure you’re getting the best for your family make sure the pots and pans are made from:
- 100% Primary, Pure Clay
- The clay is tested
- The pots are made without the use of any chemicals or additives
- They are Unglazed