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Benefits of Cooking With Cast Iron

There are many benefits to cooking with cast iron cookware, which people have been using for hundreds of years. The more you cook with cast iron, the better it gets as the oils and fats create a stick-resistant cooking surface while repelling the odors and tastes from previous dishes. This means each food item cooked in iron fry pans or other cast iron pots has a pure flavor. Cast iron fry pans, griddles, Dutch ovens, and casserole dishes retain heat very well, dispersing it evenly. Many people choose cast iron pots for cooking stews and braised dishes that require long cooking times. Cast iron fry pans and griddles are great for open heat cooking while camping, as well as stove top cooking.

When cooking in cast iron fry pans, pots, Dutch ovens, or griddles, a small amount of iron leaches into the food. Of course, the longer food is cooked in a cast iron pot or pan, the more iron will reach the food. This means a casserole cooked for several hours in a Dutch oven will have more iron than a pancake or sausage quickly cooked on iron fry pans. Also frequent stirring of food in an iron pan will increase the amount of iron in the food.

Cooking in cast iron fry pans or any other type of iron pan or pot will often provide the body with enough iron to be at healthy levels. A person with anemia is often told to start cooking with iron fry pans to increase the levels of iron on their body to more acceptable levels. Because most people will get sufficient iron when cooking with iron fry pans and other cast iron cookware, always speak with a doctor before taking iron supplements. Although rare, it can be possible to have too much iron in your system. More often than not, a person doesn't have enough iron and cooking with cast iron is all that is needed to get that extra amount of iron into the blood.

Iron is important for good health because it carries oxygen from the lungs, through the bloodstream, to the rest of the body. When a person has low iron, oxygen is not circulating through their blood efficiently, and can cause the person to feel tired or can cause headaches. When a person has extremely low levels of iron in their blood, they are anemic. Women are more apt to have low levels of iron in their blood, as is athletes and those that drink a lot of coffee and tea.

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