, potato pancakes and French toast, complete with golden brown, crispy exteriors. Contrast this with non-stick cookware, which makes browning nearly impossible.

8. Cast iron is sturdy and wears well. Since it does not scratch, there is no need to use plastic utensils, and there is no fear of using your silverware to stir or scoop. It lasts for so long that many people still use cast iron cookware inherited from their parents and grandparents.

9. In an emergency, cast iron cookware can be used over any heat source. As such, many disaster planning lists include cast iron as the survival cookware of choice.

10. It has been used for thousands of years. Natural News readers already understand how new technologies are often the least healthy, while those used by earlier generations are often more beneficial and more in line with how we are designed. Our cookware choice is no exception.

Although there are many benefits to cast iron cooking, make sure to understand the drawbacks before you start: cast iron pans are very heavy; they require intentional maintenance in order to keep them rust-free and non-stick; and care is needed if you have a glass-top stove. But once you take the plunge, you will wonder why it took you so long to start!

Sources

Toxic fumes that come from cooking with Teflon and other non-stick surfaces: http://www.naturalnews.com/026678_Teflon_iro…

Possible aluminum cookware dangers: http://www.ehow.com/about_5426262_dangers-al…

Benefits of cast iron: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/07/dining/07m…

Health benefits of cast iron: http://www.holidaycook.com/cast-iron/health-… and http://www.naturalnews.com/031306_dietary_ir…

Benefits of iron: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrien…

Overview article with how-to information: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/C…

Fritatta recipe: http://www.spinachtiger.com/SpinachTiger.com…

Disaster/Survival choice of cast iron: http://dlsoucy.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/surv… or http://homecooking.about.com/od/disaster/a/d…

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