Truly Healthy Cooking: Here is the Secret to it!
If you are a healthy cook, I can safely assume you are already enlightened about the importance of eating healthy. What makes food healthy? Yes, it is the choice of ingredients. But there is one secret to healthy cooking that not everybody is aware of — it’s the cookware. Interestingly, your cookware is what ultimately determines the health of the food!
Is Conventional Cookware Healthy?
Conventional cookware made from metals are innately reactive. Food is a biochemical substance consisting of nutrients that are in the form of oxygen, hydrogen halogens, acids, and bases. The heat while cooking acts as a catalyst and makes metals leach ions. These react with nutrients and contaminate food. Similarly, ceramics are full of chemicals and oxides in the raw material and in the glazes/enamels used for finishing. There’s an easy way to test this. Yes, you can actually check what’s leaching from the cookware with a simple and reliable home test:
Alkaline Baking Soda Test to Check Toxicity of a Cookware
- Boil 2-3 cups of water in any pot, when it starts boiling add 2 tsp of baking soda, boil for 5 more mins. Turn stove off.
- Wait till cool enough to taste then taste the water (take a sip). If you taste metals, that’s what you’re eating! If water has a rubber/paint taste it’s the chemicals from enamel/glaze.
As a control, stir 2 tsp of baking soda to 1 glass of water and take a sip — you will taste just the baking soda. Truly non-toxic cookware would leach nothing into food.
If your cookware fails this test, it simply means it is leaching toxins into your food. These toxins are ingested with food and are accumulated in tissues and organs. Over time, they become the foundation for serious health problems. Also, the immune system that is responsible for fighting diseases is compromised. In short, all important functions of the body are negatively affected resulting in health problems ranging from minor illnesses to serious diseases.
How Important Your Cookware is For Healthy Cooking
Again, the choice of cookware determines the purity of the food. Your cookware also guarantees its nutritional worth. You must have heard how people say cooked food is nutritionally lacking? While that is true, little research has been done to find out why and if there’s anything that can prevent it. Miriam’s Earthen Cookware as part of their Make America Healthy initiative, however, have discovered that the issue is not so much with the process of cooking as it is with the cookware. Metals and ceramics cook with a harsh and destructive heat that dissolves nutrients while cooking.
The choice of cookware also determines the nutritional worth of the food.
Steam is essential water-soluble nutrients, it’s stuff the body needs to replenish every day. With the harsh heat from conventional cookware, steam is all but lost from food, leaving it lacking in one more way.
For truly healthy cooking, you need healthy cookware first – one that is non-reactive and is perfect for keeping your ingredients free from toxins. In my extensive search for the right one, I came across something that has been there since the beginning of time. Pure clay is 100% inert, cooks with gentle heat and when made with the right design can keep all the steam inside!