Buying best pots and pans is a little complicated these days as you see a number of choices in the stores. Anybody may get confused and end up choosing something they never wanted in the first place. Looking for the perfect shape, size, weight, color, and design is important, but the material of a cookware is more responsible for the complete health of food cooked in it.
While popular pots and pans are mostly made from metals and ceramics, they are not the healthiest choice for your family. Metals like cast iron, aluminum, stainless steel, titanium etc. are widely used to make cooking pots and pans. The other option ‘ceramic’ is made from ceramic clay, porcelain, and stoneware that is a composition of inorganic oxides & chemicals. For finishing, the makers use glazes and enamel coating that are a composition of different chemicals, oxides, and metals.
The material of the cookware plays an important role in its healthy functioning. Cooking is a chemically transformational process of raw turning to consumable food, beneficial in the body. You will be surprised to know that conventional metal/ceramic cookware reactively leach metal ions into whatever is stored or cooked in them, some at room temperature and others while heating (heat is a catalyst to all reactions).
Food is a biochemical entity that consists of water, nutrients, vitamins & minerals, proteins, and carbs that are in the form of halogens, acids, and bases. The metal and chemical toxins from conventional pots react to these nutrients, get assimilated with food and are digested in the gut system. Because these pseudo-nutrients are of no use in the body, they accumulate in tissues and organs over time and become the foundation for various illnesses and diseases while also weakening the immune system – this is one of the reasons we are facing so many health problems these days. Also, the excessive and harsh heat from these pots and pans damages essential nutrients. Thus, food cooked is nutritionally depleted and full of metal toxins.
When you are trying to choose the best pots and pans for healthy cooking, look for a material that is 100% inert and free from chemicals, glazes, and enamels. MEC’s pure-clay™ fully serves this purpose. It is naturally 100% inert (non-reactive) and is harvested from unfarmed and non-industrialized lands in USA by Miriams Earthen Cookware to keep it free from chemical impurities. No chemicals, glazes or enamels are used in the manufacturing process. You can perform this simple baking soda test at home to test that they are 100% non-toxic:
- 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.
This is not all, MEC’s pure-clay pots are also known for their unique far-infrared heat that is food friendly and is evenly distributed, and so, keeps the nutritional value of food intact.
“Their cookware goes beyond my wildest expectations. Besides feeling confident about the safety and health benefits of cooking with clay cookware, the dishes are incredibly delicious and richer and the cooking time is greatly reduced.“, says Victoria for choosing MEC over conventional cookware.
To find the best pots and pans for your next healthy recipe, head over to MEC and choose from their perfect range of healthy cookware.