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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cooking With Cast Iron Provides Health Benefits

In many homes there is an old cast iron skillet hiding somewhere--the kind used by grandmothers years ago. Throughout the years, it has been replaced by many versions of non-stick skillets, beginning with Teflon. Now researchers are finding that cooking in cast iron can actually be good for your health. Here are some of the benefits found from cast iron cooking.

Cast Iron Skillets are Chemical Free - non-stick pans contain a chemical called perfluorocarbons that has been linked to cancer, liver damage and developmental problems. Cast iron contains no chemicals, so there is no damage from chemicals due to cooking fumes or scratching the pan. In addition, you can create the same non-stick surface safely by simply coating the bottom with kosher salt, then adding oil and cooking until it begins to fume. Remove it from the heat and just wipe it clean with paper towels. Do not use soap. This will season the pan for future uses.

Use Less Oil with Cast Iron Skillets - once the cast iron skillet has been seasoned, less oil is required when cooking. Make sure you never clean your skillet with soap. It is very sturdy and can take a good cleaning with just a stiff brush and water.

Cast Iron Adds Iron to Your Food - the iron from the pan actually adds as much as 20 times of iron to your food. The body needs iron to produce red blood cells, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers the iron to be a safe and healthy food additive.

In addition, cast iron skillets are known to distribute heat evenly when cooking and they last a long, long time.

So, if you think there is an old cast iron skillet hiding somewhere in your basement or garage, you might want to consider finding it and discovering a whole new way of cooking and healthy eating.
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