I spend a lot of time shopping and selecting the best organic ingredients I can find for bone-healthy cooking. My Skelly appreciates my efforts to keep her strong and healthy.
So the last thing I’m going to do is ruin those calcium-rich foods by cooking them in the wrong pots and pans. And by wrong, I mean Teflon and other non-stick pans.
Yeah, it’s nice to have an easy clean-up but not at the price of your health.
Teflon and similar non-stick cookware is made with fluoride compounds known collectively as perfluorinated chemicals or PFCs. They produce a toxic gas when heated to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you cook bacon in one of these pans, they give off fumes that can cause an illness called the “Teflon flu.” And if the pan is scratched or nicked, you’ll be eating these chemicals.
One PFC known as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) is linked to tumors, cancer, birth defects, liver damage, hormone imbalance, reproductive issues, and other health issues. And it’s everywhere these days. One study from the CDC found it in the blood of 98% of Americans tested.
PFOA is due to be phased out of products by the end of 2015. But other PFCs will continue to be used. We don’t know how safe or dangerous any of these chemicals are.
That’s why I’ve gotten rid of all my old non-stick pots and pans.
I’ve also gotten rid of aluminum cookware.
When salty or acidic foods like tomatoes are cooked in aluminum the food picks up a metallic taste. Even worse, you may be ingesting some of that aluminum which leaches out when the pan is heated. That can lead to heavy metal poisoning or brain conditions like dementia.
Good quality cookware is going to be more expensive. But it’s a very wise investment.
I recommend stainless steel for most of your cooking. All-Clad makes a great line of stove-top pots and pans. But don’t bother with the “anodized” or non-stick versions. They can scratch and leach with age.
And just so you know… You will have to use some elbow grease to get them clean. I use clean-up as a form of meditation.
My favorite non-stick pan is a good old-fashioned cast iron pan. Just make sure you have the muscles to heft it. I tend to think of it as part of my weight bearing routine that helps keep Skelly strong.
I like Lodge’s non-enameled cast-iron ware that are made in the US (their enameled coated pots are make in China….I stay away from those). You’ll have to season the non-enameled pans or you can purchase their pre-seasoned line.
Cast iron will also add iron to your food which is good for your blood. But over time, as the pan gets older less iron will leach out.
If you have more money to spend, invest in Le Creuset enameled cast iron cookware. Even eggs won’t stick to their frying pans. Their Dutch ovens are great for slow roasting and making soups or stews and especially bone broth. And it goes from the stovetop to the oven. Just be sure to use a wooden spoon on these since metal can scratch the surface.
Two Christmas’ ago my new sweetie (yep my Match.com sweetie) made a huge statement and investment in this now 2 year old relationship (new love at 63 is heavenly…and great for my bones). He bought me this wonderful Le Creuset and confessed his love.
Can I tell you how much I love cooking for my love using his precious gift?
Slowly over time, I’ve added to my Le Creuset collection.
When it comes to choosing the right foods to optimize your bone health, what is the single biggest challenge, frustration or problem you’ve been struggling with?
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Plus I have wonderful alkaline salad dressing waiting for you on the other side to thank you for your time 🙂.
From my blessed bones to yours,
Irma and Skelly.
CDC PFOA Factsheet: http://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/PFOA_FactSheet.html
Environmental Working Group, Teflon-Killing Canaries and the American Dream, http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2015/05/teflon-killing-canaries-and-american-dream
Environmental Working Group, The Toxic Truth About A New Generation of Nonstick and Waterproof Chemicals, http://www.ewg.org/release/toxic-truth-about-new-generation-nonstick-and-waterproof-chemicals