When you’re working hard to feed your family healthy foods, it’s devastating to find out your cookware could be toxic. This is exactly what happened to me about five years ago. I had friends over for dinner and was cooking vegetables on my aluminum pan. My friend peered over my shoulder and said, “do you know that pan can leech toxic materials into your food?” And so began my research on “safe” cookware. My findings led me continuously to three materials that were deemed the safest.
Cast Iron pots and pans have been used for many generations. They are heavy, durable, safe. The brand that has the highest reviews is: Le Creuset. I decided the price tag was way to high for me to replace all of my pots and pans. They range from $75 – $400 a piece. I have decided recently that this is a great birthday present.
Stainless Steel was my personal choice although there are some drawbacks. My set is made by Calphalon.The advantages are that stainless steel is affordable, safe and fairly light. The disadvantages are the conduction of heat and messy residue it leaves if it’s heated to quickly or too high for the food. Since I wanted to replace all of my pots and pans at once, the safety and price-tag were the most attractive for me with this material.
Hard Anodized Aluminum
Hard Anodized Aluminum Pans that are safe and toxin free. This means they have been sealed so they won’t leech toxins when heated. It should say “sealed” on the label and if it doesn’t make sure to ask. The Environmental Working Group says if you choose to use these pans never to pre heat the cookware and to use an exhaust fan above the stove. They suggest the best pots and pans to use are cast iron and stainless steel.
Who knew that choosing our pots and pans had to be so confusing? My advice is to pick a couple pieces that will work for almost anything. One medium sized pot and one large pan is a great place to start. You can always add to your collection in the future but at least you know your healthy food will stay “clean” and free of contamination.
What are your favorite pots and pans and why?
Written By: Karyn Hendricksen, MS M.A.T
Karyn Hendricksen is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is passionate about gathering as much knowledge as possible pertaining to staying healthy, naturally.
Karyn’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Specialist Certification in Muscle Activation Techniques. She loves to educate others on how fun and easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle through both blogging and public presentation. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her awesome husband Russ, and daughters’ Alexa and Stella. She can be found Restorative Wellness Center.