Everyone wants to lead a healthy life, but while many of us enjoy exercising, adopting healthy eating habits and consuming nutritious foods to ensure our health, only a few people are aware that the nutrition in your food does not only depend on the ingredients that you cook with, it also depends on what you cook in. Using the right type of cookware is also equally important as a certain range of containers have a toxic coating which breaks down at higher temperatures affecting food quality.
When foods are cooked in the right type of cookware, it not only increases their nutrient quotient by increasing their mineral content, but also prevents nutrient loss by allowing them to cook at an even temperature. Many researches have pointed out that copper-rich foods boost collagen in the body and speed up metabolism.
This is also where the ancient Indian practice of drinking water from copper vessels every morning comes from. This brings us to the next question: should you use brass and iron utensils for cooking, copper for drinking and Kansa for eating in order to stay healthy?
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, nutritionist Lovneet Batra said, “Brass is basically called ‘pital’, which is 70% copper and 30% zinc. Brass is non-magnetic, heat-conducting and durable. The advantage of cooking with brass utensils is that only 7% of nutrients are lost throughout the cooking process. Since brass utensils are a combination of zinc and copper, they contain the benefits of both metals. A copper deficiency lowers the body’s immunity, causes anemia, skin problems, and deteriorates bone health. Brass utensils are used to cook non-acidic foods like rice and dal.
Gushing about the benefits of drinking from copper vessels, nutritionist Lovneet Batra revealed, “Storing water in a copper jar creates a natural water purification process. It can eliminate mold, fungus, algae and bacteria in the water which are potentially harmful to the body, making the water safe to drink. Copper water exhibits antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Adding to the list of health benefits, Dhriti Udeshi, fat loss expert, weight management expert and health coach shared, “Copper vessels can keep your water clean and fresh for a long time. Copper is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties which relieve pain from inflamed joints, strengthen your bones and aid in the efficient absorption of iron from your food. A common Ayurveda recommendation is to store water in a copper vessel/pot overnight and drink it first thing in the morning for good health. Copper metal has an electromagnetic energy which is called Prana Shakti and so storing it for 8-10 hours and drinking it is considered very beneficial. Copper makes water ionic, which helps maintain the body’s pH (acid-alkaline) balance.
Echoing the same, Madhumitha Udaykumar, COO and Co-Founder of Indus Valley, said, “Copper vessels have been in vogue since time immemorial. In terms of drinking water, copper helps purify water by killing bad bacteria. Additionally, drinking water stored in a copper utensil is beneficial in reducing any type of stomach upset including indigestion, inflammation, and infection. Overall, copperware in general is elegant, hygienic, safe and durable. In copper cookware, you have the choice to choose from different products such as copper jug, copper bottles, tumblers, and water dispenser to name a few.
Claiming that cast iron pans are a great replacement for non-stick pans, health coach Dhriti Udeshi revealed, “Non-stick pans are made with certain toxic chemicals that break down at high temperatures, which is definitely not a healthy way to cook and eat. his food. Be sure to season your cast iron well before you start using it, which makes it virtually non-stick. There’s also a health bonus to this, which is that you don’t need to use a lot of oil while cooking. Another benefit of using cast iron is that it can leach iron into your food and that’s a good thing. Iron deficiency is quite common around the world.
Rooted in the same direction, Madhumitha Udaykumar explained, “Cooking in traditional cooking utensils like cast iron and iron is very beneficial in many ways. It releases a certain amount of iron into food. This aspect helps enrich your dishes with iron content and makes them tastier than those prepared in normal non-stick cookware. The main important factor about cast iron cookware is that they are completely free from chemicals or artificial coatings as they are made from natural materials. Another fact is that cast iron utensils are quite strong and very durable, and can be used for generations. They are good in even heat distribution and heat retention. In cast iron cookware, there is a wide range of options such as cast iron kadai, fry pan, roti tawa, paniyaram pan, appam pan and more.
Kansa is also called bell metal or bronze and according to nutritionist Lovneet Batra it is one of the best metals for eating food. She said: “It is an alloy of tin and copper, both metals being considerably good for health. The Kansa plate reduces the acid content in food and promotes our gut health or digestive health. Using Kansa helps reduce arthritis inflammation, improves memory, and helps with thyroid balance.
According to Health Coach Dhriti Udeshi, “The benefits of using Kansa/bronze as serving dishes are that it is an alkalizing metal and is very beneficial for your gut health. know, the root of every healthy person comes from their intestinal health and digestive system and the Kansa alloy alkalizes and purifies food and promotes digestive health.Kansa has the ability to destroy microorganisms, which makes the hygienic metal to use, thus improving immunity and preventing diseases.
Madhumitha Udaykumar added, “Cooking in bronze or kansa cookware has health benefits as it is made up of various metals including tin, copper and zinc among others. This factor will help to give our body the necessary essential elements and thus improve the digestion and absorption of food, promote weight loss and boost immunity. On the other hand, bronze cookware retains nearly 92-97% of food nutrients. While this nutritional value is very low in aluminum utensils, say only 13%. Whether cooking or serving, choosing bronze cookware rather than non-stick cookware is therefore a better idea. Due to its impressive appearance, bronze cookware is also a perfect choice for gifts. »