There are many choices when it comes to cookware. So much so, that it can be darn overwhelming when you are looking to replace or purchase a set of pots and pans for the first time and wanting the best for you and your family’s health and budget. As this site is about healthy eating that starts with healthy cookware, it is only right for us provide visitors to this site with the relevant information to make an informed decision.
If you are looking to make an informed decision, then, check out the above video by Bright Side, who looks at several choices of cookware in terms of health and safety, including, Teflon, cast iron, aluminum, copper, stainless steel pans, ceramic coated, and pure ceramic cookware.
The video goes for 9:17 mins. Short on time? You’ll find Teflon described at timestamp 0:38 min, cast iron at 2:58, aluminum at 3:31, copper at 5:12, stainless steel cookware at 6:29 min, ceramic coated at 6:54, and pure ceramic cookware at 8:18 min.
What Makes The Healthiest Cookware?
It seems Bright Side agrees with us that eating healthy starts with using healthy cookware. That is, it is important to avoid cookware that is toxic for the sake of your health and that of your family.
Healthier Cookware Choices
Quality stainless steel, glass, ceramic, and cast iron are considered the healthier choices when looking at cookware material.
The video mentions cast iron as healthy. It does leach iron, which most of us do well with. However, if you need to avoid iron for health reasons then consider enameled cast iron cookware. If you are interested in cast iron cookware, then you may wish to check out our comparison of cast iron skillets and their reviews.
If you are interested in the non stick coating in ceramic, click the link to see our ceramic nonstick cookware guide and reviews here. Those listed are stated to meet the strict standards of the US in restricting lead and cadmium levels in food contact surfaces.
Otherwise, check out the pure ceramic cookware review by us here. It is claimed to be the most eco-friendly and safe for your health.
Heavy metals, lead and cadmium, are something to watch. We don’t need these in our bodies. They cause an assortment of health problems. Copper too, while a small amount is essential for our wellbeing, can be toxic at accumulated levels. This is especially something to watch when using lemon or tomato based ingredients since the acid reacts with and releases more of the metal.
Non Stick Types
It is noted that in nonstick cookware where the coated cooking surface has deteriorated, the exposed metal has the potential to leach aluminum, which is considered harmful when it reaches above certain levels in the body.
I also cover what to know about Teflon vs ceramic coated non stick cookware. The concern noted about Teflon in this video is the polymer fume fever, which might occur hours after exposure. Birds are particularly sensitive to these fumes. Also, the PFOA (that’s been used in early Teflon pans) has been associated with several types of cancer, including breast cancer. Certainly something to steer away from.