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What are the Safest Pots and Pans to Cook with in 2021?

diet kitchen Jan 24, 2021

Updated by Sophia Ruan Gushée on January 8, 2021

Whenever I dive deep into the safest pots and pans, I am surprised at how complicated it is for me to choose pots and pans that feel safe for my family. My conclusion: There is no such thing as nontoxic. Every option has a different set of benefits and risks. However, what feels most comfortable for me is cookware made from materials that are better understood after a long history of use: cast iron (without enamel or ceramic...

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What is the safest stainless steel for cookware, food containers, and flatware?

diet kitchen Jan 22, 2021

Stainless steel is often recommended as a safe material for nontoxic pots and pans, food containers, water bottles, and flatware. But is stainless steel always nontoxic? 

This article takes a deep dive into stainless steel so that you will learn:

  • How stainless steel formulas vary
  • What to look for when shopping for the safest nontoxic stainless steel pots and pans, food containers, water bottles, flatware, and utensils
  • How to use your stainless steel pots, pans, food...
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Best nontoxic glass food and beverage containers

diet kitchen Jan 20, 2021

Glass is often described as one of the most nontoxic options for kitchen cookware and drinkware. But, is it really nontoxic?

Since glass can be created with different formulas (or recipes), how safe glass is as cookware, drinkware, and food containers depends on what it's made of and if it's decorated. The most concerning ingredients that glass has been reported to contain include:

  • Lead (neurotoxic)
  • Cadmium (neurotoxic)
  • nanoparticles (minuscule size pose unknown but concerning risks;...
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3 Ways To Make Your Dream Kitchen Nontoxic

kitchen Mar 19, 2019

by guest blogger Karolina Gore

 

Home is an important place to detox. The kitchen is an excellent area to focus on, since most of us spend a lot of our time at home in the kitchen. It is also where we prepare and serve food.

So when you are building your dream kitchen, what should you consider?

Guest blogger, Karolina Gore, was excited to share the three tips below. From her perspective, they are three areas to consider to protect the health of those in your home and of the...

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Breakfast Squash Pie Recipe

kitchen recipes Mar 08, 2019

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Making breakfast for my children is feeling harder each week. We're all sick of having the same thing. And trying to make it a healthy breakfast is even harder!

One simple recipe that helps is a homemade pie that's so healthy that I serve for breakfast, snacks, and dessert. Made mostly of squash, it's relatively healthy and gives me a break from our routine.

According to the School of Public Health at Harvard, winter squashes are rich in the following...

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Homemade lemonade is a healthy family- and after-school activity

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

My 9-year-old loves making lemonade. There have been several occasions during which I have watched her work really hard to squeeze a dozen lemons manually for her small glass of lemonade. Impressed and touched by her determination and work ethic, I decided to blow her mind (and give her hands and fingers a break) with a Breville citrus juicer. It has brought many benefits into our family.

 
 
 
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5 Ways to Remove Chlorine from Your Drinking Water

diet kitchen water Dec 22, 2018

by Angela Cummings, reviewed by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

More than 100 million people in 43 states in the U.S. had been drinking water polluted with chlorine byproducts, according to a 2011 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). It’s likely these water supplies still have chlorine in them today.

Is your home one of them?

In order to keep public water systems free of bacteria and viruses, municipalities add chlorine to the water supply.

Unfortunately, this creates a...

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Clean Your Oven Naturally

cleaning kitchen Nov 20, 2018

by Angela Cummings

 

Are you looking for a natural way to clean the caked on food and grease from your oven?

You’re not alone! Especially during baking season, when there is frequent oven use.

This article covers the frequency to clean your oven, materials, and ingredients to use, and steps to follow.

 

Why Is a Clean Oven Important? How Often Should I Clean It?

Caked on crusted food that drops to the bottom of stoves can burn and start to smoke or smolder.

Grease and grime on...

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Nontoxic Ceramic Cookware: How to Choose and Use It Safely

diet kitchen Nov 20, 2018

by Angela Cummings

 

There’s a lot of confusion about nontoxic ceramic cookware. It’s common to wonder, “is all ceramic cookware nontoxic?

 

What Is Ceramic Cookware?

Ceramic cookware is traditionally made of clay that is fired (in a kiln) and glazed. Ceramic is one of the most widely accepted nontoxic materials and considered among the healthiest.

However, not all cookware that is advertised as ceramic is nontoxic. Here’s where it can be confusing.

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Health Risks from BPA and 7 Tips to Reduce Them

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée 

 

BPA (Bisphenol-A) caught the attention of media and parents circa 2007. Gradually, more of the public and even major retailers became concerned about the potential health effects from BPA exposures. Then, BPA-free products quickly became popular.

While the health effects of BPA remain a focus of study, BPA substitutes are also not known. And some BPA substitutes are suspected to be just as risky as BPA.

In the meantime,...

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