Safest Cookware 101: What Are The Dangers of Metal Cookware?

Safest Cookware

There has been a lot of buzz lately about pure-clay cookware, about how much better they are than regular, metal vessels, how much healthier. They are touted as the safest cookware with benefits such as being non-toxic, no lead or tastier food were all dangled before our eyes, but the question is what exactly are they protecting us from? People have used metal cookware for decades before this new trend penetrated the market and no one died from it. Well, in fact, they might have!

Teflon Is A Carcinogen

When Teflon pans first came out, everyone was crazy about them. Frying eggs with no butter or oil? Crazy. And the clean up process was so quick and easy. All of that came with a price! First, Teflon manufacturers advised for people not to use this cookware near birds, because these pans give off toxic fumes called PFOA, which can kill birds in a matter of minutes. Then, after further studies and considerations, the EPA Advisory Board wanted to upgrade PFOA to a substance that’s likely human carcinogen. And here are its dangers: pancreatic cancer, cancer of the male reproductive tract, abnormal testosterone regulation, damage to thyroid gland. This doesn’t sound delicious at all. You’ll never have this risk with pure clay cookware.

Aluminum Causes Alzheimer’s

This may sound like a far stretch, but it’s not actually. Aluminum pots and pans conduct heat exquisitely, but all those molecules will leach into your food. See, aluminum is a highly reactive metal and once the pan heats up, plenty of its molecules will pass onto your food. Ingesting high doses of aluminum has been connected to Alzheimer’s disease, again a risk not worth taking. On the other hand, pure clay is 100% inert, which means it won’t react with the food in any way, so you don’t have to worry about putting toxins inside your body.

Choosing The Safest

The bottom line is that people now are more aware of what goes on around them, are far more educated with regards to product consumption and far more careful with what they put inside them. And this awareness and concern have gone beyond the point of checking labels and watching for non-healthy produce but also choosing the safest cookware.

More and more people have started to understand that cookware matters too, that it affects the quality of the food they serve. Convenience and quickness are not high on the priority list anymore. Health is! This is why more and more cooks have turned way from metal vessels and started using pure clay cookware. It’s been used the world over in many countries for hundreds of years, but the American people are getting the hang of it too. And they like the results: healthier, better tasting food!


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Cooking For The Family —  How Healthy Is The Food?

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:

  1. 100% Primary, Pure Clay
  2. The clay is tested
  3. The pots are made without the use of any chemicals or additives
  4. They are Unglazedrice in pot

Choosing the Right Dutch Oven — Which one?

best dutch ovenWhile it may seem like a mere pot to some, the Dutch oven is a versatile piece of cookware.  One can cook a myriad of meals ranging from oatmeal, soups/stews, fried foods to roast meats and breads. While these are all great uses of a Dutch oven, does it have other benefits? Is there a Dutch oven that can cook healthier meals and is kind to the environment?

The simple answer to this question is yes, there is a Dutch oven that cooks without destroying food nutrients and its composition and manufacture is eco-friendly.  This amazing vessel is a Pure Clay Dutch oven.  Pure Clay, unlike ceramics and other stone and earthenware is made from clay that is carefully selected, harvested and tested to insure its purity.

The pots are then hand made on the potter’s wheel and air dried. There is no mass production of the cookware which means there is no pollution of the air or water making the manufacture of these items 100% eco-friendly.

They’re Naturally Non-stick

Pure clay cookware has a semi-porous surface making it naturally nonstick  so there’s no need to add extra fats such as butter or oil.

Their Design Locks Steam Inside

The lid of the pure clay Dutch oven is especially important as it designed to lock in steam.  Many vitamins and nutrients found in food are water soluble, so when steam escapes the pot when cooking the vitamins leave with it. By retaining the steam inside the Dutch oven keeps the nutrients where they belong (in the food).

Cooks with Far-infrared Heat — Unique To Pure-clay

Another unique attribute that differentiates it from conventional cookware, it cooks with a different form of heat. Pure clay cooks with far infrared heat which is gentler and does not damage the nutritional cells in food. By sealing in vitamin and mineral rich steam while cooking with a heat that preserves the nutritional cells in food one can see how a Pure Clay dutch oven will enhance the health value of their meals!

Gets Better with Use

There is one more great trait that pure clay possesses, its ability to improve over time. Much like cast iron pure clay becomes “seasoned” once it is used over a period of time. Once seasoned the pure clay dutch oven will come even more non-stick, cook foods faster and become easier to clean and dry.

So when you’re on the lookout for a new Dutch oven or any piece of cookware for that matter remember the best choice that enhances your food and is kind to the earth is a pure-clay dutch oven.

Which is the Healthiest Cookware & Why?

There are so many choices for cookware these days, many different materials are used to make them but which one is the best and why?

Let’s look at the three mainstream ones and understand their advantages and disadvantages:

Metal Cookware:

By nature all metals are reactive, from surgical steel to aluminum, titanium, stainless steel or copper if it’s not reactive it’s not metal – and food is a bio-chemical entity — so with heat acting as a cyclist during cooking, the metal ions, chemicals & oxides from metal pots react with food and leach in.

What do these metals/chemicals do in the body? Initially they accumulate & disrupt functions in vital organs and glands such as the heart, brain, kidneys, bone, liver, etc. And then they replace vital nutritional minerals in the cells and tissues. For example, enzymes are important for every biochemical reaction. But instead of calcium being present in an enzyme reaction, nickel or chromium may be there in its place. Toxic metals cannot fulfill the same role as the nutritional minerals, thus their presence becomes critically disruptive to enzyme activity. Their action in the body is so fundamental that they are seen to cause and /or aid many diseases.

The other disadvantage is that heat from the walls of these kind of pots is damaging and destroys more than half the nutrients in the food! This makes us the 1st people to depend heavily on synthetic pills and supplements to fulfill our nutritional needs.

Not only this, but another important disadvantage is that steam is lost!   9 out of the 13 essential nutrients and minerals are water soluble and are inevitably lost with steam that’s constantly escaping the pot.

Non-stick Cookware:

Among the many dangerous chemicals used in the non-stick material the most common one is perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA). This is a synthetic chemical that creates a soap-like slipperiness and non-stick finish.  When heated, PFOA releases toxins into the food and has been known to produce serious changes in organs like the brain, prostrate, liver, thymus kidney showing toxicity.  It is also seen to cause changes in the pituitary glands — the organ that controls growth, reproduction and many metabolic functions.

Ceramic Cookware:

The ceramic material is made of many chemicals, metals and inorganic minerals obtained through fracking and other environmentally destructive means.  These chemicals include but are not limited to barium, cadmium, chrome, cobalt, lead, lithium, nickel, selenium and vanadium, silicon dioxide, feldspar, silicon carbide, magnesium oxide, petalite (an ore of lithium)(the full list can be found here.  All of these raw materials range in toxicity from mild to highly toxic.   In order for food to not come in contact with these chemicals, so called ‘food safe’ glazes and enamels are used.  These glazes or enamels are a paint like substance with their own set of chemicals/toxins including lead and cadmium which poison food every time it’s cooked in them.

The heat from the walls of a ceramic pot is also destructive and not capable of cooking without damaging nutrients

How about Glass Cookware?

Pure glass which is made from natural sand is also 100% inert but it cannot be used for cooking (pure-glass shatters when heated).  In order for glass to be used for cooking it has to be shock resistant and LEAD & CADMIUM is used to gives these wares shock resistance and uniformity in color.

 So Which One is Good for You?

Pots and pans made from Pure-Clay.  This is a material that has been used since the beginning of time, not because people didn’t know how to work with metals (the earliest use goes back to before 6000 B.C) but rather because they knew what we are now just discovering:  The many, many benefits of cooking in pure-clay. Pots and pans made from pure-clay are inert, meaning nothing from the pot can leach into your food AND these are only pots that generate heat that cooks without destroying nutritional cells.  Food is at its best in nutritional value and taste only when cooked in this cookware. The many benefits of choosing the healthiest cookware can be found here.

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