For a healthy cooking, there are two main aspects to keep in mind:
- The food’s nutrients should remain intact
- The material used should be non-toxic
It’s a common belief that cooking in a slow cooker is healthier than in a normal cooker and it doesn’t destroy the nutrients as the heat is usually kept low. But scientific research has proven otherwise. A test was done on amino acid lysine found in peanuts. It was found that 20% of it was gone after cooking for an hour and a half at 150°F/66°C heat. After two and a half hours, only 60% of it was left. When cooking for long hours even at low temperatures, majority of vitamins are lost as they have less heat stability than this amino acid. So, it is proven that this low heat for a very long period of time actually damages nutrients.
In conventional slow cookers, the pots are made of metal or ceramic. When they are used to cook for long hours, they leach chemicals like Cadmium, Lead, Petalite (Lithium) and metal ions [Al-Aluminum, Ni-Nickel (steel), Ti– Titanium (steel), MO – molybdenum (steel), Cr-Chromium (steel), Fe-Iron (steel)] into your food. Food is a biochemical entity and reacts with these ions while heat acts as a catalyst. This process makes the food toxic. The accumulation of these toxins over time may cause various health problems like common sicknesses, allergies, joint and muscle aches, and diseases like Alzheimer or even Cancer. So, it is very important that the material used in making slow cookers is 100% pure and doesn’t leach in.
Miriam’s Earthen Cookware have a healthy alternative that is not only 100% safe but is also more efficient. They make pots from tested and certified pure-clay that doesn’t leach in chemicals or metals and the best part is – they greatly reduce cooking time! Recipes that take around 6-8 hours in a slow cooker, are cooked in just 40-50 minutes in medium heat or less. The unique far-infrared heat in MEC’s pure-clay pots help accomplish this feature.
Their pure-clay cookware is scientifically proven to be healthy and non-toxic. This should be enough reason to put them way ahead of a conventional slow cooker. It’d be a good idea to check their exclusive range of cookware and find what best suits your kitchen. While you are there, feel free to browse through their great recipes as well.