Choosing the Healthiest Cookware


There are many choices when it comes to cookware and appliances. 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 information below including the 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.

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 materials, whether in cookware or appliances, e.g., rice cookers, that come in contact with your food and which may be toxic for the sake of your health and that of your family.

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.

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.

100% Ceramic Cookware

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.

The makers of Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware claim

Each piece is formed in a high-pressure casting mold and triple-fired at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, for strength and durability. United States, Canada and the European governments require scientific laboratories to prove that all cookware does not extract lead or cadmium. Certified tests are the FDA and California Prop 65 test result for lead and cadmium are all 24-hour extraction tests which are the Gold Standard tests for heavy metals in the cookware industry. There are no Nano particles used in the manufacturing of our Xtrema cookware.

What Is The Proposition 65?

The official government site tells us:

Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The proposition protects the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals.

Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.

You can find out more about the Proposition 65 here.

Toxic Cookware

Proposition 65 sets limits for heavy metals, lead and cadmium. Our bodies do not require these elements. In fact, the accumulation of these in our bodies can cause an assortment of health problems. Copper too, while a small amount is essential for our wellbeing, can be toxic at high levels. This is especially something to watch when using lemon or tomato based ingredients since the acid in these foods reacts with and releases more of the metals.

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.