In our last Facebook Live Chat, we discussed 3 simple steps to a healthier life and home. One of the three steps was to watch what you put in your mouth and what you feed your family. I encouraged you to choose fresh, healthy and organic (where necessary) foods to feed yourself and your family. And while I hope you are making great progress as it relates to food choices, today's post on cookware is equally crucial to ensuring you get the maximum benefit from your healthy choices. It has been said that your food is only as healthy as the pots and pans you cook them in. And I don’t know about you but I hate the thought of buying high quality, organic food and then ruining it because I’m using the wrong cookware. The Healthy Kitchen Guide covers exactly which cookware are safe to use and which aren't and I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy. I've covered the basics in Saturday's Facebook Live Chat. Read below for a full recap and to see the video. *I will answer viewer questions in upcoming posts this week so that I can provide a detailed answer. There were some great questions asked so be on the lookout for that post.* 



Know the “non-stick” pans we all eagerly bought because you can make eggs, pancakes, and anything else and it won’t stick?! They're coated with a synthetic polymer known by the brand name Teflon. When it comes to your health and the health of your food, Teflon and coated non-stick are the #1 cookware type that you MUST eliminate. Here’s why.


Heating non-stick pans cause the release of toxic chemicals that get into your food and into your air. We've discussed the importance of healthy indoor air numerous times and it remains true as far as cookware is concerned. The non-stick coating has been shown to release toxic chemicals in 2-5 minutes of heating (click here to read more).


Once breathed in, flu-like symptoms can develop in you and your family, known as Teflon Flu. So if after cooking you realize you aren’t feeling well for no apparent reason, inspect your cookware. Teflon could be to blame.


Here are some other issues associated with Teflon exposure:

  • Thyroid issues
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Increases risk of infertility in males and females (know a mama dealing with infertility? share this post with them.)
  • Interferes with fetal development
  • Increases risk of tumor growth
  • Weakens your immune system
  • Lower birth weight of newborns
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Liver inflammation


If you're wondering about non-stick cookie sheets or bakeware, this does apply to them as well. But I have a remedy that will allow you to use them until you can replace them.


All you have to do is use a silicone baking mat or a natural parchment paper to separate your cookies or other baked goods from the pan. Not being in direct contact with the surface of the pan prevents the chemicals from leaching into your food.



Aluminum is also highly reactive with heat. Excess levels of aluminum have been shown to cause stomach and gastrointestinal problems like ulcers and colitis. Additionally, aluminum is a confirmed neurotoxin. Meaning it's poisonous to your nervous system. There is a hotly contested debate on aluminum's effect on the development and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. With most finding there is a likely link.


There are a few other cookware types to avoid that I have outlined in detail in the Healthy Kitchen Guide, along with 4 other sections chock-full of important information as it relates to your healthy kitchen. They are on sale now, with the lowest option at $6.99! Click here to get your copy today. 



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Later this week, I will be posting a new blog about which cookware I recommend for which cooking jobs. Below are the healthy cookware types we discussed during the live chat.


Stainless steel is the cookware professional chefs and restaurants most use because it handles just about every cooking need without jeopardizing your family's health. The brand All Clad is a great buying option.


Cast iron one of my personal cookware favorites. When properly seasoned it has a protective layer of natural oil that makes it function as a non-stick pan. I use mine with ease and highly recommend you try them out. They can be found at your local TJ Maxx, Marshall's & Ross, in addition to department stores.


If you are unfamiliar with how to properly care for or season cast iron, join my mailing list to receive the entire bonus section of the Healthy Kitchen Guide that features an entire page devoted to cast iron cookware. 


It’s highly durable and can go back and forth from the stove to the oven. Some people worry that they will get too much iron from using cast iron. Many people, especially women, have low levels of iron meaning this could actually be beneficial. But the truth is, if properly seasoned, cast iron has a protective layer of oil that reduces the amount of iron released. The only drawback I can understand is that it is heavy. 



Ceramic cookware is 100% non-reactive meaning no chemicals are released during the cooking process, also making it ideal for healthy cooking. It is also safe to use in the oven as well as on the stove, just like cast iron. Good quality ceramic cookware can be expensive. Ceramic cookware is more fragile than the other options.  I own one ceramic stock pot and use it regularly. 


I also showed my small, but mighty arsenal of cookware featuring each type mentioned here. Take a look at the end of the video if you want to see.




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  1. Brittani, i really enjoyed your video on healthy cooking pots and pans. I’m buying the guide and please let me know when you have another live face book video.

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