Healthy Cookware Makes for Healthy Eating by Guest Blogger, August 26 2008, 0 Comments

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What good is a lightly sautéed fish and veggie dish if it’s made in an old skillet with scratches of non-stick coating running throughout? Not only is it not good, but to some of us, it’s potentially toxic. And the phthalates in plastic containers make leftovers a potential hazard as well. The tools with which we prepare and store our nourishment are just as important as the ingredients themselves. Investigate what you already own, but if you’re in the market for some new kitchen essentials, why not go for the most safe and effective options?

A chemical used in the making of non-stick coating material Teflon has been implicated in causing damage to birds as well as birth defects in humans. It also seems to have made its way into nearly every living thing from whales to the womb with no hope of ever dissipating. So steer clear of non-stick coating altogether and opt for enamel, stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans, which are non-reactive and may even boost your iron levels. Choose bamboo accessories whenever possible—think of the classic bamboo steamer—since it’s one of the most sustainable resources out there.

As far as baking and storage goes, it may be best to recycle, donate or even dump your plastics and choose ceramics, earthenware or even glass containers that are also non-reactive and safe. Single serving glass storage containers make it easy to say goodbye to your Tupperware, at least until they hop on the good foot and provide safer options. Silicon baking tools like baking trays, muffin holders, spatulas and ice trays are a great option—simply (man)made of sand and oxygen.

Before launching into a whole set of one style of equipment, try one piece to see how it fits your style, then invest in yourself and your family and get cooking!

Guest Blogger: Julie Reitz