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How Healthy Cookware Can Help Protect Your Well-Being (And Where to Find it in Canberra, Sydney or Online)

Did you know that some pieces of cookware contain potentially dangerous chemicals or toxins? Did you know that, in certain situations, those toxins can leach into your food? When shopping for pots, pans and other cookware to use in your home, you may wonder about what materials these products contain—and, more pressingly, whether or not those materials could pose a risk to you and your family.

Potentially Unsafe Cookware

Before we start talking about healthy, toxin-free cookware (and where you can get your hands on some in Australia), let's take a look at a few of the types of common cookware that can be more dangerous than you might think.

Perhaps the most common type of cookware in many households is of the Teflon or non-stick variety. Pots and pans promising a non-stick cooking experience are popular because they are so easy to clean up and result in less wasted food. Particularly for cooking something like eggs, Teflon non-stick pans make the process much easier and more seamless than it might be otherwise. Teflon non-stick pans are also generally on the more expensive side—a factor that seems like it should correlate with a safer and more dependable product.

However, there are a few issues with Teflon non-stick pans that can pose health issues if you aren't careful. If you overheat a Teflon pan, for instance, you might be releasing toxic fumes into the air. Non-stick pans are also usually just coated in Teflon, instead of being made out of it entirely. The coating method makes the cookware more affordable, but it also results in non-stick Teflon coating that is easy to scrape or scratch off in the process of stirring sauces or serving food. The result is flakes of not-so-health-friendly Teflon in your food.

If you are looking for healthy cookware, you might also consider steering clear of aluminium. Aluminium is typically the material you will find in the cheapest and most lightweight pots and pans, but there is a good argument not to go cheap with cookware. When you heat foods with aluminium cookware, traces of the metal can leach into your food. Cookware that leaches aluminium into food has, in turn, been linked to headaches, indigestion, or colitis. The problem gets worse if you cook highly acidic foods such as tomatoes, and—like with Teflon pans—can be a bigger issue if pieces of aluminium are scraped off the surface of the pan during cooking.

Finding Healthy Cookware in Canberra, Sydney or Online

You can purchase healthy cookware options in Australia by shopping at Let's Be Natural. An organic and eco-living store based in Canberra, Let's Be Natural carries a wide range of eco-friendly, non-stick and dishwasher safe ceramic cookware. Whether you are shopping for healthy cookware in Sydney, Perth or anywhere else in Australia, you can explore our healthy cookware online.