Cast Iron Is The Healthiest Way To Cook

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Here’s another reason to love your cast iron cookware — it’s good for you!  In fact, it may just be the healthiest way to cook. 

As anyone who regularly reads my blog will know, I love to cook with cast iron.  It heats evenly, quickly, consistently.  If properly cared for, it will last a lifetime.  Even if often abused, it can be restored to wonderful usefulness without much effort and will still outlast any other cooking vessel.  

But studies show that cooking with cast iron is also beneficial to your health.  As you cook, small amounts of iron seep into the food your cooking.  And that’s a good thing, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  They consider iron a healthy food additive. 

Iron is certainly something that everyone needs.  It helps the body manufacture red blood cells.  Doctors even recommend that those with anemia use cast iron regularly to help increase the amount of iron in their diet. Iron is especially good for women during their child-bearing years.  (I don’t think I really need to spell this one out for you.

Cast iron cookware can be used for any kind of cooking, and is naturally non-stick.  So when compared to the likes of Teflon, with it’s associated health and environmental risks, or even stainless steel–which is actually a mixture of several different metals, including nickel, chromium and molybdenum, which can also trickle into foods–cast iron is a safer, healthier alternative.

So the next time you bake up a pone of Southern Cornbread or roast a sweet potato or even sizzle a steak, remember, you’re doing it because it’s good for you.

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2 Responses to Cast Iron Is The Healthiest Way To Cook

  1. Karen Shepard says:

    Can you recommend an outlet or place to buy cast iron?
    Hard to believe my Mom tossed all of ours when teflon showed up:-(

    • Sebrina Zerkus Smith says:

      Hi Karen. Truth be told, and this may surprise you, I buy cast iron at garage sales. You’d be amazed at the number of people who just toss out a wonderful cast iron piece because it’s old, or possible because they don’t know what to do with cast iron. But don’t be afraid to use a second hand cast iron skillet, etc. If you can’t find one at a garage sale, check Walmart! They have a great selection of Lodge cast iron pieces. Lodge has been in business for more than 100 years, and they are the “gold” standard for cast iron. In fact, several of the pieces I got from my Granny are Lodge pieces that she had for at least 60 years. Don’t be fooled by price either. Some outlets will carry Lodge at a very inflated price. The Lodge pieces available from Walmart are top quality, without the marked up price. Happy hunting!

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