This lock-ed down period has many of us (including me 🙂 ) donning our aprons and taken it to the kitchen, to make some memorable meals or to sort out our cravings. Some of us are looking to boost their immunity to fight naturally with this menace called COVID-19. But little did we know that some of the cooking utensils that we use in our day-to-day lives may obstruct the overall immuno-health system of the body. Let’s take a look at the utensils that you should do away with right now and get alternatives mentioned below.
Aluminum Cookware: The go-to utensil for its “appeal” in almost all the households. It’s relatively cheap and long lasting. But the metal content sticks to the food while cooking and slowly, steadily gets inside your body, causing serious liver and neuro disorders. Aluminum also reacts to acidic food. Whether Aluminum leaches on to the food we cook has always been a myth and a lot of people and laboratories have done several tests to find out the answer to such myth. I went through the detailed analysis done by the “The Cookware Advisor” in her post https://www.thecookwareadvisor.com/what-everyone-needs-to-know-about-aluminum-cookware/ and find out that the not much aluminium gets accumulated inside our body and as such, it is not that harmful as has been portrayed. Instead of being pretty sure, we are better off with other proven alternatives highlighted below.
Ceramic: Another coated product with a layer of aluminum below. Same health hazards; served differently. You should buy a very high quality product (one with a solid ceramic coating) as some of them might have “lead” in it, as ceramic is often glazed through a kiln on to the aluminum base. The glaze makes it resistant to stain as well as easy to clean. For some additional pros and cons on Ceramic cookware, https://madeincookware.com/blogs/beyond-the-burner/ceramic-cookware-pros-and-cons is a good place to read.
Granite based cooktops: Some people fancy a gaudy cooktop which is eye-catching. Granite cookware comes coated with porcelain enamel. They aren’t actually granite but look and weighs quite similar to granite. Some amount of chipping because of usage of metal spatula would lead to exposure of the chemicals to the food.
Cast Iron: One of the best cookware available to consumers. It is in essence, not non-stick, although some of them might have non-stick versions available. It infuses Iron into your body that is immensely beneficial. They do not contain harmful chemicals and are durable. They can be used on stovetops as well as oven. The only problem is the cleaning and rusting. Some amount of seasoning of oil is required for maintaining the cast iron pan to prevent, or delay, rusting. Here’s a good blog that throws light on everything about cast iron cookware. http://www.eatingwell.com/article/283462/how-to-clean-and-season-a-cast-iron-skillet/
Stainless Steel Cookware: The other better alternative is to choose stainless steel cookware. They withstand and retain heat, are durable and also easy to clean. You should look for the pure material, not glazed or polished with nickel or chromium. That would tremendously reduce the health qualities of this cooktop. This report imparts important information on where stainless steel cookware stand amongst other contenders. https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cookware/buying-guide/index.htm
Copper and Brass Utensils: Go many years back and you will find everyone cooking and storing foods in copper or brass utensils. Some people also drink water from containers made of these. They have excessive health benefits as they retain the nutrients of the food by more than 90%. Special care should be taken whilst cleaning these. As a matter of fact, food may not be cooked in Brass utensils, as it reacts to acidic food, instead, brass is an excellent serving utensil. You can cook food in copper pots and serve them in brass utensils. Water stored overnight in copper containers are good for digestion as well. Here’s Sanatan Ayurvedic take on utensils related to Earth. https://www.sanatan.org/en/a/87140.html
Earthen Pots: You cannot feel closer to nature than this. These are made of clay usually, which retains moisture and hence the nutrients. But the drawback is the slow cooking. Extra care has to be taken while cleaning. It’s a strict no-no for glazed versions.
So there we have it. We all yearn for the best for our family and food is the primary ingredient in cooking up our immune system and maintaining good health. Since we do not compromise on that, then take some heed from the above and remove those unwanted & glossy cookware from your kitchen and create your healthy haven.
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