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When getting baby food ready at home, we parents tend to exercise caution so as to ensure that the choice of food we make are not only suitable but healthy for our babies. The appropriateness of the kind of pots that we cook in, are things that many of us tend to overlook. Even then, cookware hardware made of certain types of materials is not at all suitable in preparing baby food.
Types of materials affect baby food?
- You should not use un-insulated or unlined copper pots to cook food for the baby. This is due to the fact that folic acid, vitamin C and Vitamin E are all destroyed by copper. Moreover, acidic foods prepared in copper pots may contain toxic copper levels.
- Aluminum pots are also thought as not safe for preparing the baby’s food. Acidic foods prepared in aluminum pots may dissolve small particles of aluminum that can be easily absorbed in the baby’s food. A safer alternative is the anodized aluminum cookware due to the fact that the anodized process usually locks the aluminum in the cookware.
- There are many different metals that make up the stainless steel cookware. Generally, this metal is deemed as safe-however, it shouldn’t be used for cooking the baby’s food if in case it is dented or pitted. You must also not scrub your stainless steel cookware using an abrasive substance as this may cause small particles of chromium or nickel to penetrate into the food.
- Avoid cooking the baby’s food using non-sticky pans since the non-stick coating can easily chip off and get into the food. Toxic fumes may be released when a non- sticky pan is heated at extremely high temperatures.
How Dangerous Cookware may affect baby food
Nobody knows with certainty of the hazard that these cookware have on health. Even researchers are still yet to give some evidence conclusively. According to some experts, the risk is quite low and only those individuals who are sensitive to certain types of materials will not act in favor. Remember that what may not be seen as risky to an adult may be considerably great to a baby. Therefore, when cooking for your baby, it is perhaps a wise idea to look for safer alternatives of cookware.
- Using iron cookware is indeed beneficial for the body’s health. When preparing acidic foods such as tomatoes in iron pots, the foods will in deed ‘pull’ iron contained in the pot. This in turn boosts the most essential dietary iron in the baby’s food.
- Enameled cookware, glass and ceramic are considered safe by the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. However, you need to avoid the use of old enameled cookware as it may contain cadmium. The cadmium substance is toxic and is no longer used in manufacturing cookware in the US. You also need to exercise caution when using overseas glazed ceramic cookware where the inclusion regulations of lead and cadmium in the cookware are not very stringent.
Always keep your cookware in good condition for your own sake and the baby’s health-avoid using cracked, peeled, pitted or chipped pots.