I have been using aluminum pans as long as I can cook without even thinking about it being risky. One year ago I have read a book about how to heal naturally and stumbled upon a whole section about how aluminum cookware comes along with multiple health risks and how that can cause serious diseases when used for a long time.
What Makes It Toxic?
Aluminum cookware has been proven to release a good amount of aluminum into salty and acidic food which makes it toxic to eat and has been linked to Alzheimer and several cancer types due to the measurable aluminum amount in our blood that creates the perfect acidic environment for diseases.
The average person eats up to 20 to 80 mg aluminum a day! This is due to our daily aluminum cookware usage, soft drinks sold in aluminum cans, aluminum foil that covers our lunch bread and our loved street foods.
All of them come into the direct contact to the food we consume, which leads into our bodies and create a disease friendly, toxic environment.
Aluminum is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract, which makes it even harder to be completely removed. Exposure to aluminum through the skin appears to be an even greater risk that can lead to skin cancer and even our hygiene products often contain aluminum, especially antiperspirant deodorants.
Alternatives To Aluminum Cookware
Most aluminum nowadays is anodized (covered in an acidic solution). Anodization aluminum cookware makes them easy to clean and non sticky. This process builds a little shield between the aluminum and your food but only tiny scratches in the pan can remove this shield. Nevertheless, even anodized cookware is not even proved to be safe for ourselves.
The healthiest cookware alternatives are ceramic, cast iron and stainless steel. If you watch some Chef´s shows in TV you have might have noticed, that Chef´s usually use cast iron cookware because it is also non sticky and gives the food the truest flavor it can get. If you noticed the different taste between plastic, glass and aluminum bottled water you will know what I mean. Each product releases it´s own flavor into the water and the same happens with cookware.
Price Varieties Among The Alternatives
Choosing alternative cookware does not mean that you have to pay more than what you have payed for your aluminum cookware. I did my research and found that cast iron pots and pans are a bit more expensive than ceramic or stainless steel based on the price of the material. Either way, all are a great option and it´s up to you on what you may choose.
Nevertheless, if you do not want to take the time and search for all the products that are available on the market, I have done the research for you and found three great sets on Amazon that are affordable, have good reviews and are great to use. I hope I could help you save some time with this:
Ceramic Cookware Set Cast Iron Cookware Set Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Doing my research I found that sets are always cheaper than buying pans and pots separately. I have also noticed that several cookware companies literally sell the same quality for enormous prices! If you prefer high quality cookware brands, you should have a look on their websites for alternative sets but in my opinion you will just pay for the label and you can find high quality cookware sets as I listed above from Amazon as well.
Please let me know in the comment section below what experiences you have made with alternative cookwares and which one you like the most.