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, which is right, but there is one secret to healthy cooking that not everybody knows — it’s healthy cookware. Interestingly, the cookware is what ultimately determines the health of the food!
Conventional cookware made from metals are innately reactive and 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 that react with nutrients and contaminate food. Similarly, ceramics are full of chemicals and oxides in the raw material and in the 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 you’re using right now with a simple and reliable home test (information towards the bottom).
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 be done to prevent it. In reality, 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.
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.
As we’ve seen here, in order for food to be healthy, your cookware needs to first be healthy – one that is non-reactive and is perfect for keeping your ingredients free from toxins. And it should also cook with gentle heat and retain steam. While looking for a healthy option, I came across a cookware that greatly resembles the historical ways of cooking – pure clay cookware. All-natural clay is a pure gift of nature and when made the right way, makes provision for all these features.
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.