The correct cookware helps to not only add nutrients to the food, but also preserve the nutrients. For example, clay-pots have been used for thousands of years for cooking. A study reveals that compared to modern utensils (pressure cooker), clay-pots retained 100% nutrients when cooking Dal vs. under 15% when cooked in a pressure cooker (Shocking!)
The longer food is cooked or stored in Aluminium, the greater it gets into food. Leafy vegetables, tomatoes and citrus products absorb the most aluminium (more than what we need!). Aluminium is most often considered unsafe for cooking on account of the metal reacting with food and getting absorbed in large amounts. The presence of aluminium deposits in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients has made people wary of using them
Traditional cookware- copper, iron, brass etc add the required mineral to the body and also aid in healing the body.
Cooking in copper and brass is not advisable when it comes to salty and acidic food since they react with the metal but eating in these is useful .
Iron cookware is great since it releases the required mineral which is critical for our body functioning (for high energy!). Many people suffer from iron deficiency, and cooking with cast iron pans can help increase your iron content by as much as 20 times!
Food cooked for longer duration and with higher moisture content absorbed most iron (almost 5 times more iron after cooking compared to raw)
Cast iron vessels are naturally non-stick and are easy to cook. On the other hand, modern non-stick cookware releases per-fluorinated compounds into the food during cooking, especially if the food is scrapped from the bottom causing several health issues.
Cast-iron skillets are very versatile. They can be used for sautéing, pan-frying, searing, baking, braising, broiling, roasting, and even more cooking techniques. The more seasoned your cast-iron skillet is, the better flavour it’s going to give to whatever you are cooking
Cast-iron vessels need lesser oil for cooking and also keep the food warm for longer time.
BEAUTY PRO-TIP :
IF YOU USE HERBAL HENNA FOR COLORING YOUR HAIR, SOAK IT OVER-NIGHT IN AN IRON BOWL
Adding henna paste in an iron bowl get more darker colour. It forms a blackish pigment with iron and helps in covering the grey more effectively