In our modern world it’s becoming more difficult to live a healthy life. Healthy cookware won’t solve this problem but it’s a place to start.
The air we breath is polluted. The water we drink is fluoridated and contains other chemicals like bleach. The food we eat is contaminated with chemicals, preservatives and fewer natural nutrients than 50-100 hundred years ago. We are more affected by personal stress than ever before. All of these factors negatively impact our health.
We can make healthier choices like purchasing organic food, filtering our own water and drinking it out of safe water bottles or glass, avoiding processed foods, using healthy cookware, and taking transit, cycling or walking, instead of driving.
It’s like the example of surrounding yourself with happy, motivated people if you want to grow, be inspired, and do great things. Unhappy people love company. You can’t avoid them, but you can limit your exposure to their negative effects.
Recently a couple of health bloggers I follow wrote about safe and healthy cookware. They’ve done the research and I would like to share their recommendations with you. If you’ve got any non-stick teflon pans in your home, listen up!
According to the Wellness Mama, ceramic, glass, and enamel are healthy cookware unless they were manufactured with lead. You need to read product labels to know if this is kitchenware you want to cook with.
There is some transfer of metals into food from stainless steel and cast-iron, however the associated detrimental health affects are less than that of teflon or aluminum — you should probably eliminate these two evils from your kitchen.
For more safe and neutral cookware and bakeware, read this article by the Wellness Mama.
A few months ago I got a slow cooker. Knowing much of the above information, and with a bit of research, I decided on the Hamilton Beach IntelliTime™ 6 Quart Slow Cooker. This model meets FDA heavy metal requirements as detailed on the Hamilton Beach website:
Does the crock contain lead?
Hamilton Beach specifications applicable to all slow cookers and their components (including the earthenware crocks) prohibits the product from containing any measurable amounts of lead. Furthermore, the factories that manufacture the earthenware crocks for Hamilton Beach are certified ceramic production facilities whose ceramic ware is deemed to satisfy FDA heavy metal requirements. Hamilton Beach takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the earthenware crocks accompanying our slow cookers provide safe and satisfactory service to our consumers.
While that doesn’t definitively say, ‘no lead’, at least they are satisfying FDA requirements.
Straight up I do not own and have not tried the Xtrema Ceramic Cookware line recommended by the Wellness Mama, but after reviewing their site I’m impressed. The cookware seems to satisfy a number of health and kitchen productivity requirements:
The cookware is not cheap, but upon review of how they make their product, the cost is justified. I will probably start with their 10″ skillet since that piece would be a great addition to my kitchen.
For a less expense alternative to Xtrema (a 10″ Xtrema skillet retails for $130 USD), my colleague the Food Coach, Tzabia Siegel, did some research into non-stick coatings and she recommends the Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Smooth Ceramic Non-Stick Coating (100% PTFE and PFOA Free). She also offers some great advice on how to clean and care for this pan.