It’s no secret these days that healthy eating has become a huge part of mainstream American life. Recent studies proven in a recent CNBC article show that “nearly two-thirds of all adult Americans are overweight and that child obesity is triple what is was a generation ago.” Those numbers are absolutely staggering, and it’s completely understandable as to why the dieting industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. With the health craze that is sweeping the nation and many people looking for anyway to get healthier, drop a few pounds or whatever else it is you’re looking to do, you may wonder where a cast iron cookware fits in and how it can help you achieve those goals.
All of us are familiar with the cookware we use, and the explosion of non-stick cookware and other like-minded products. They are really convenient, cheap and the best part is that your food won’t stick to your cookware when you’re fixing up dinner. However, most people are unaware of the damages that come from cooking on such a material. The dangers are so much that the United States government is mandating all companies that produce non-stick cookware and these products to change the chemicals they’re using by 2015. When heated up right on your own stove, non-stick pans release at least six toxic gases, including two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and MFA, a chemical lethal to humans at low doses. Not exactly happy with that convenience now, are you?
Enter cast iron. Iron is an essential part to staying healthy. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States, according to our own CDC. Iron is what carries oxygen from our lungs through our blood streams, it helps promote healthy digestion and it affects several of our organ functions. It’s the leading cause of anemia in this country as well, which can delay normal infant motor function, can prevent pregnant mothers from having healthy kids and could lead to the death of the child and also leads to fatigue in adults and can prevent them from doing physical work. So it’s obvious that iron is an absolute must in our dietary needs. But how do we acquire it with ease?
It’s proven that cooking on cast iron can help your food absorb iron that gets into your bloodstream and can help prevent things like anemia or deficiencies. It especially helps when you’re cooking acidic foods, so say you’re feeling a little fatigued and want to try to pick up your pace, why not just have yourself a little lunch and when you’re cooking up a chicken breast to help stay lean, grill up some red or green peppers to go with it to give your body that little iron boost it needs and is also a great way to drop some pounds.
Some of the great benefits to making your life healthier with cast iron, are using oil less or non stick sprays or gobs of butter to get that non stick effect or to add some flavor to your food. A well seasoned or pre-seasoned cast iron pan skillet or griddle is virtually non stick and will give you all the healthy benefits of not adding chemicals or extra fat to your foods. You won’t find the coating on your non stick pans breaking off and cooking into your food and having your lean steak come with more than you bargained for. The benefits are all there. It’s chemical free, it will immensely help your blood stream and overall health, and you won’t be releasing all of those toxins and gasses into your home.