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Healthy Cookware for Your Kitchen

You are eating fresh organic vegetarian foods. But, are you using healthy cookware? What you cook with can affect the safety of your food. One secret to keeping your fresh food healthly is the preparation. What is BPA free?

Small Particles Come Off Non-Stick Cookware

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According to West Virginia University School of Medicine, compounds in non-stick cookware may be associated with higher levels of cholesterol in children and teens. Almost 100% of Americans have these chemicals in their blood serum.

A new study suggests that increased BPA may increase the risk of asthma in children. Those ages 3,5,and 7 were tested for BPA. The higher at those ages meant a greater possibility of asthma at age 12. 

And, BPA exposure in the womb, increased wheezing at age 3.

Teflon manufacturers acknowledge that when heated at normal temperatures, gasses are produced that can kill a parakeet. This isn't healthy cookware.

BPA migrates into food from polycarbonate plastic bottles or the epoxy resin coatings that line canned food. BPA has been shown to interfere with reproductive development in animals, and has been linked to cardivascular disease and diabetes in humans.

Take these steps to minimize your BPA exposure:

  1. Look for BPA-free products. Your search is much easier if the manufacturer labels state BPA-free. If you don't see this label, remember that most aluminum cans and bottles use BPA linings and steel containers don't. Look for the No. 7 recycling symbol on the bottom since polycarbonate plastic is often a good buy.
  2. Caution when microwave. Use glass containers when using the microwave. The National Toxicology Program advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics even tho the American Chemistry Council says it's safe. Even the No.7 plastics can break down over time.
  3. Dishwasher safe. Again the National Toxicology Program and the American Chemistry Council differ in their opinions. One says polycarbonate plastics are safe in dishwasher, and one says no.
  4. What to use. Glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods only when microwaving or heating on the stove. Remember- no teflon.
  5. Carefully choose canned goods. Reduce your use of canned foods- frozen or fresh tastes better and retains nutrients.

The most difficult change for me was the microwave. Even if you store in No. 7 plastic, don't reheat in these containers. It's so easy to reuse plastic containers for left overs. But, don't reheat them in the plastic or styrofoam containers. The toxins that are released will stay with you long after you forget the food.

So What Should You Use to Cook?
What's Healthy Cookware?

Before buying your next healthy cookware, look for inert or non-reactive products. The best choices for non-reactive cookware are Earthenware and Ceramic, Enamel, Glass, Bamboo, and Silicone. Moderately reactive cookware are Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel and Cast Iron.

I've switched to glass containers for the mircowave. Take the rubber tops off and heat up that yummy food that you made yesterday. The glass does get hot, so watch your fingers.

Steamers are eco-friendly. They don't heat up the kitchen and use less energy. Most steamers work by having a tray just above boiling water. You can have several tiers to prepare different parts of your meal- also saves energy!

In searching for cookware without non-stick pots or frying pans, I found the best cookware was Kinetic. The other brands- Farberware, Calphalon, Cuisinart, didn't fit my needs like Kinetic non-reactive cookware.

It's oven proof to 350 degress and is dishwasher safe. The handles are heavy guage yet the pans aren't too heavy, and they clean very easily. You can get this cookware in every size from 1 qt covered sauce pan to a 10 inch fry pan.

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