See the Best Cooking pots in Nigeria & their health risks.
Your Cooking Pots might be making you Sick
The REAL TRUTH about Cookwares in Nigeria.
If you use Non-stick, Aluminum…
Which utensils do you use for cooking
Are you using non stick pans and aluminum vessels?
then you might unknowingly be inviting serious health issues
Most people are aware of the importance of healthy eating,but many don’t know that the cookware they use is just as important.
Do you know that when the pot is heated, it can leech some serious chemical into your food?
Wait..I’ll explain and make it simple
let’s examine the common cookwares we use & we’ll do this on the basis of how safe they are for cooking
I’ll divide them into 7 category..
1) NON-STICK Cookware:Every urban home in Nigeria uses this one cause it doesn’t make food stick, burn & it’s easy to clean.
Guess what? it’s the most dangerous!
Most Non stick pans are coated with polytetrafluoro ethylene, a plastic polymer also know as TEFLON..
Now, when Non stick pans are heated, they produces some fumes that are toxic because of the coating.
These toxic fumes have been proven to do serious damage to the brain and lungs.
Infact, it’s worse when you are using cheappppp Nonstick!
Cause they wear out easily. They also have a chemical called ‘Perfluorooctanoic acid’ know as c8 which has been linked to cancer.
Even the granite Nonstick is not any better cause they are also coated
To be honest, if you are looking for a healthy lifestyle..
Non-stick cookware no enter at all.
2) ALUMINUM Cookware: This one is commonly used and famous cause it’s cheap, abundantly available, versatile & it’s a good thermal conductor. You’ll find this in most bachelor homes. But unfortunately, it’s also toxic..when you cook, it slowly leeches Iron into your food.
Aluminum is a thyrotoxic metal, using it can lead to serious damage to the thyroid gland and its attendant complications because most of the aluminum is leached into your food when you cook
Infact you can experiment.
buy a new aluminum pot & weigh it. Now use it for daily cooking and after few months, weigh again, there will be a considerable decrease
Where did it all go? Yup Leached in your food while cooking.
Nowadays in the market, you find all sort of aluminum pots…Alloy aluminum, hard anodised aluminum & even non stick aluminum
But nah..it’s not so safe for cooking.
3) Stainless cookware: how safe is this cookware?
It it’s 100% stainless, definitely a better choice than the others, though it also has its own hidden dangers
Many stainless steel have an excessive amount of nickel to provide an extra Shine which is also an high toxic metal.
The ratio it has determines how safe it is. so the lower the nickel..the safer it is.
Btw, Nickel is a chemical element with silvery-white lustrous metal used for stainless
But a lot of companies do not mention this ratio on the utensils so it’s hard to say how safe it is.
Guys..Ceramic cookware is actually safe because it’s from hardened clay but problem is that it’s hard to find and expensive.
Most so called ceramic cookware in the market are not more than its coating over aluminum..
So don’t waste money on them
5) CAST-IRON cookware:
These are among the safer and practical option for cooking!
However, they have lots of fake imitation & sometimes you can’t tell.
Also, Cast iron is heavy and prone to rusting.
But if you are ready to take care of it by seasoning constantly, that is; oil frequently to prevent rusting, it is definitely recommended Heart suit
Thankfully, we have some Nigerian brands already pushing this safe Cookware especially the Enameled ones to our market.
6) GLASS Cookware:
This is another safer option healthwise.
It can be used to cook pretty much anything.
But because of the delicacy of the material, it may not be suitable for everyone and the only caveat is that it can obviously crack and shatter.
7) The other safer options are Brazz/ Bronze and Copper Cookware:
Foods cooked in them retains almost 93% of it’s nutrients
The only downside is that they are freaking expensive.
If you can afford…don’t hesitate.
So what’s the best cookware gan…
Omo..clay pots is legit way out o.
It’s only in the clay pot that you can retain 100 percent of food nutrients.
They are healthy cause the porosity & natural insulation properties of clay causes the heat & moisture to circulate throughout.
It’s considered healthy because it is made from earth and its composition is exactly that the body needs
It’s not only healthy but tasty…
remember our water pot?
Only downside is that it cooks food slowly.
So in summary, Aluminum and non stick are the worst cookware to use,
Stainless is just ok.
Bronze, Brazz & Cast iron are good!!
Clay pots are by far the most and best cookware.
So whenever you go out to buy cookware..choose wisely
Was this helpful?
What do you think??
Right now..I’m super guilty of everything I listed here,
cause I still use Non stick and Aluminum to cook especially for for Jollof Rice
But when money comes…I’ll definitely change all my cookwares.
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Your article if very insightful. I wish to purchase multiple clay pots for cooking. Can you please let me know the contacts of some Potters in Lagos who make clay pots?
You can get clay pots in some pots store in LAGOS.