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How Cast Iron Skillets can Improve your Health

Cast Iron cookware has been around for hundreds of years if not more. Even if you don’t own any, chances are you have seen your mother or grandmother cooking with a cast-iron pan or two. Originally used to cook in a fireplace, cast iron heats evenly and is a great heat conductor. It can be used on the stove top or in the oven. It’s not unheard of to use cast iron around the campfire as well. Cast Iron skillets are inexpensive, durable and when well cared for, a quality cast iron skillet can last a lifetime.

Among the many benefits to cooking with cast iron skillets are their health benefits. A properly seasoned cast iron skillet is a great alternative to the non-stick skillets available today because chemicals are not used to create that non-stick surface. The coatings on much of the cookware available today contain PFCs or Perfluorocarbons that studies show may be linked to cancer, liver damage and early menopause.  Cast iron is also a better choice over aluminum which can warp or soften if used in high heat, causing health concerns.  Because cast iron is so thick and durable it can withstand very high temperatures.

The non-stick coating also means that you can use less oil in your cooking. Too much fat or oil used while cooking can lead to weight gain, high cholesterol and heart disease among other health issues. You can use as little as a teaspoon in a cast iron skillet or better yet you can lightly spray your pan with cooking spray and cook away!

The biggest benefit to using a cast iron skillet is that studies have shown that the cast iron skillet can leach iron into your food in safe. small amounts. This is especially beneficial to those with an iron deficiency or anemia. Using cast-iron to cook can increase your iron intake significantly especially when cooking with acidic foods such as tomatoes, lessening the need for over the counter vitamins and supplements. Iron is an important mineral that is needed for your metabolism and your immune system. Iron also encourages sleep and better concentration.

So if you are looking for ways to improve your health, using cast-iron for cooking can only help you achieve your goal.

You can find them at many department stores, resale shops, garage sales and on the internet. Cast iron cookware is an excellent addition to your kitchen cookware collection with many health and financial benefits.