Whenever you go to the market to buy cookware, you can see a wide range of cookware of different shapes, sizes and designs, made from metals or ceramics. Despite their popularity and wide acceptance, they are not appropriate for cooking. In fact, not very long ago, nobody used these materials for making cookware, as they were only made from clay. As the approach of manufacturers became profit-centric, they started paying more attention to the look and design of cookware instead of their prime purpose – to cook food in the healthiest way possible.
Today, most cookware is made from either metals or ceramics. Chemicals glazes and enamels (that are a composition of different chemicals, oxides, and metals) are used to make ceramic cookware look shiny and beautiful. They certainly attract the customers who are unaware of their possible ill effects on food. You might be surprised to know that all metals (aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, titanium etc.) and ceramics (ceramic clay, porcelain, and stoneware) leach toxins into food while cooking.
Food is a biochemical entity that consists of nutrients, vitamins & minerals, proteins, and carbs that are in the form of oxygen, hydrogen, halogens, acids, and bases. As cooking involves heating, it acts as a catalyst for the metals to reactively leach into food. These metal ions are assimilated with food and accumulate over time in the organs and tissues. They damage our cells resulting in an unhealthy body and various diseases. That’s why you should ditch this type of toxic cookware right away!
Instead of getting into all the details, you can easily test if a cookware is toxic by this a simple alkaline baking soda test. This is how it’s done:
- Boil 2-3 cups of water in any pot, when it starts boiling add 2 tsp of baking soda, boil for 5 more mins. Turn stove off.
- Wait till cool enough to taste then taste the water (take a sip). If you taste metals, that’s what you’re eating! If water has a rubber/paint taste it’s the chemicals from enamel/glaze.
As a control, stir 2 tsp of baking soda to 1 glass of water and take a sip — you will taste just the baking soda. Truly non-toxic cookware would not leach anything into food…
Looking for alternatives? Here’s the answer!
MEC’s pure-clay™ pots are the perfect non-toxic cookware. They are made from certified pure-clay that is naturally inert, so there’s nothing leaching while cooking. There are no chemicals, glazes or enamels used in the manufacturing process, therefore they are 100% non-toxic. You can perform the same test on them and they won’t disappoint you!
“Miriam’s cookware is AMAZING!!“, says Pagane, an enlightened cook “The food that I cook in the 3 pots I bought from her is delicious and absolutely healthy.“
Head over to MEC to find a healthy alternative for your conventional metal/ceramic cookware and switch to 100% non-toxic cookware.