The safest cookware should have the following three qualities:
- It should be free from toxins
- It should keep the nutritional value of food intact
- It should be environment friendly
1. The Toxins in Cookware
Metals and ceramics are the most commonly used materials for making cookware these days. Ceramics are laden with so many poisonous chemicals, coatings, glazes and enamels. These chemicals contain metal oxides. Metals have a tendency to react with every chemical substance they come in contact with, especially at high temperature, if not at room temperature. Food is a biochemical entity and when it cooks in metal cookware, the metal ions leach and react with nutrients present in food to form toxins. These contaminants are ingested with food and start accumulating in tissues, organs and blood over time. This results in health problems and a compromised immune system.
The safest cookware would be completely free from any kind of metal or chemical toxins. The only such cookware in the market is pure clay cookware. While clay pot cooking is thousands of years old, lack of awareness caused people to switch to metals in past few decades. But as people are becoming more health conscious, they are slowly turning towards pure clay cooking again.
Pure clay is the purest form of primary clay that is naturally non-reactive and free from any toxins.
2. How Cookware Affects Nutrients
The heat from metals and ceramics is near infrared – it’s harsh heat that destroys delicate nutrients (like complex carbs) and makes food deficient in certain nutrients. The water-soluble nutrients that the body needs on a daily basis escape as steam while cooking in conventional pots. When you keep eating such food, your body stays deficient in complex carbs, water-soluble nutrients and other essential nutrients.
The food friendly heat from pure clay pots keeps nutrients intact. They are ergonomically designed so that steam is well-managed – it stays within the pot and settles on the food after cooking instead of escaping. This makes sure the food you cook has a balanced proportion of all types of nutrients and your body gets them all.
3. Effect on The Environment
Did you ever sit back and think how these shiny and colorful cookware affect our environment? The mining of metals calls for cutting forests on a large scale. The processing of metals and the manufacturing of cookware using chemicals, glazes and enamels releases toxic by-products that poison the nearby water resources and wildlife. The people who work in these mines and manufacturing plants face serious health hazards. What happens to the air and land in nearby areas due to such industries is not a secret anymore. Disposing off such cookware without polluting the environment is another challenge.
On the other hand, making pots and pans from pure clay doesn’t harm the environment or the potters/makers at any stage. The clay is harvested (not mined) from the earth’s surface and it’s processing doesn’t involve chemicals or other toxins. And how can clay harm the environment when this is the same earth that grows food. This gift of nature only nourishes food while growing and cooking with oxygen and nutrients naturally present in it. At the end of their long life-cycle, they can be disposed off harmlessly – they go back to the same earth where they came from further nourishing it.
With so many health benefits to both humans and the environment, pure clay cookware is undoubtedly the safest cookware available in the market today. It’s time we ditch toxic cookware and choose this gift of nature for cooking healthy food.