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Why A Cast Iron Is The Only Pan You Need

When it comes to the kitchen, it seems like there’s a new miracle product that catches on every other week. People become obsessed with it and tell you how it’ll solve all your problems, but it usually ends up in the back of your cabinet, forgotten.

The truth is, there is one of these miracle products out there that’s easy to use, lasts forever and can even improve your health. The best part? You might already have it in your kitchen.

That gadget is the tried and true cast iron skillet. Not only can it withstand high heats including grills and ovens, but the heavy bottom ensures even cooking that will brown your food perfectly. Plus, you can use metal utensils with it, since it won’t scratch like a nonstick.

Even high end ceramic-coated, non-stick/teflon, aluminum and copper cookware can leach toxic chemicals into your food, particularly as the coating begins to wear off, a process that typically starts after a year or so, notes Eat Local Grown. But a bare cast iron pan doesn’t have any of that bad stuff.

It’s also a lot cheaper than other “safe” cookware like stainless steel, which can cost upwards of $120, while a similar cast iron pan won’t run you more than $40, if that, according to Q Political.

The only thing it might leach into your food is iron, something that you might not even know that you need.

According to the World Health Organization, up to 80 percent of people around the world could have iron deficiency, making it to the most common nutritional ailment in the world. Meanwhile, approximately 30 people have anemia from chronically low iron. While most people might not even realize that their iron levels have dipped, they still might experience symptoms including fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, headaches, the desire to chew on ice, cold hands and feet and pale skin.

The substance is found in foods like meat, seafood and leafy greens, and cooking in a cast iron skilled can actually add a little more iron to your diet. While The Kitchn notes that it is hard to measure exactly how much extra iron your food picks up through this cooking method, you’ll likely get the most bang for your buck using a new or not well seasoned pan and cooking acidic foods like tomatoes that encourage the leaching process.

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