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Old 09-29-2015, 12:31 PM   #1
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Safe, healthy cookware.

Hi, I am purchasing my first home with my partner and the only thing left on our list to purchase is pots and pan.

I am very health conscious after reading a recent article regarding harmful everyday cookware.

Can any one recommend safe cookware? Is ceramic coating a good choice?
I have researched this topic and visited a variety of different websites, which I have found to contradict one another.

Thanks in advance
Rebecca

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Old 09-29-2015, 12:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC! This may help you in making your choice:

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Old 09-29-2015, 05:15 PM   #3
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Safest cooking device I know, Willow stick and a cooking fire in the back yard. After that, cast iron has nothing in or on it that can hurt you, unless you get your spouse angry at you.

Seriously, aluminum is safe, as are ceramic coated pans. If used with moderate heat, even teflon is safe. Copper has to be tinned as copper can leach into foods and can cause heavy metal poisoning over time.

Of course there is much controversy about the safety of one type of cookware over another. My grandparents used cast iron and lived into their late 80's. I've been using cast iron, aluminum, stainless steel, borosilicate glass, tempered glass, and for very specific purposes, teflon for all of my adult life. I'm turning 60 years of age very soon.

I don't believe you will find one, absolute answer as there are advantages, and disadvantages to each kind of cookware.

But beware, leaded anything is bad. Just ask the ancient Romans who used lead utensils, goblets, and such things. Ever wonder why Nero was crazy, look at all the lead in his life. (I know you already know this. I was just being goofy. Must have picked a little loco weed from my garden.

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...I am very health conscious after reading a recent article regarding harmful everyday cookware...

Hi Rebecca, welcome to DC.

I'm curious what was identified as "...harmful everyday cookware".
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Hi Rebecca, welcome to DC.

I'm curious what was identified as "...harmful everyday cookware".
Yeah, I'm curious about that too.
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Old 10-03-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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I would concern myself with only what I put in the pots and pans you decide to buy.
I may be weird? But I have never ever thought of safety when buying cookware.
If its sold to cook with, I have a good idea its safe to use.
Just me.
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:59 PM   #7
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I would concern myself with only what I put in the pots and pans you decide to buy.
I may be weird? But I have never ever thought of safety when buying cookware.
If its sold to cook with, I have a good idea its safe to use.
Just me.
Yeah, like when non-stick pans gave off toxic fumes? Some enamelled or ceramic cookware contains lead.

And some cookware has "risk of laceration" or catches fire:

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Old 10-03-2015, 03:22 PM   #8
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Reminds me of my ribeye cooked in cast iron, and the Towering Inferno a few weeks ago. Lesson learned, always keep a smothering lid handy.
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I'm turning 60 years of age very soon
Yes, so am I, and I never really gave this any topic any thought until just now. I had heard once that cooking in aluminum would give you breast cancer... or was that antiperspirant with aluminum-oxide, can't remember, getting old :)
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Yes, so am I, and I never really gave this any topic any thought until just now. I had heard once that cooking in aluminum would give you breast cancer... or was that antiperspirant with aluminum-oxide, can't remember, getting old :)
It was the aluminium in antiperspirant, but that turned out to be just an urban legend and not true. There is some controversy over whether or not aluminium causes or worsens Alzheimer's.
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