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Aluminium pans, Hashimoto’s & underactive Thyroid

Peanut31
Peanut31

Hi

I have Hashimoto’s and an underactive Thyroid. I’ve adjusted my lifestyle as much as I can to help, eating healthy avoiding stress etc.

I’m cooking a lot from scratch, stir fry’s etc.

However, I understand that cooking with aluminium pans is a no no and I want to buy some different one.

I have stainless steel pans are they ok?.

I want a new frying pan, I’ve been looking at glass ones, but, can anyone recommend one, as most have a aluminium coating.

Best Wishes

Peanut31

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I find no problem with aluminium, when I drink Coke it's from an aluminium can. Stainless steel is very good but sticky so not so good for frying. We use pans with the hard non-stick coating. The best material I've found for a frying pan is a steel one with a titanium coating but these tend to be expensive. John Lewis also have aluminium pans with a titanium coating, I would expect these to be less durable but have better heat absorption. Glass pans are likely to be very sticky and difficult to clean.

helvella
helvellaAdministrator
in reply to jimh111

Aluminium drinks cans are lined with a polymer layer.

I do not know how much has changed over the past few years, but that lining was often based on epoxy - which is itself formed from bisphenol A (BPA).

Whether or not that BPA represents a health hazard, my point is that it isn't the aluminium that is in contact with the drink.

jimh111
jimh111
in reply to helvella

Wow. Thanks for this. BPA is used, as verified straight from the horse's mouth coca-cola.co.uk/faq/does-co... .

BPA probably has endocrine disrupting properties. All these substances should be banned as they may cause health problems and health authorities do not have the resources to fully check them out. I suspect BPA isn't a major problem for thyroid patients because BPA has a very short elimination half life (four hours), consequently we would notice a difference between days we have canned drinks and days we do not. On the other hand I'm sure PBDEs (bominated flame retardants) have a major impact (I hope to write this up later this year).

helvella
helvellaAdministrator
in reply to jimh111

I think BPA is a major problem as it is so widespread - regardless what you buy, the receipt likely coated in BPA to make thermal till roll! (More of an issue for staff than customers, to be honest.) And possibly dental materials: webmd.com/oral-health/news/...

It depends upon how much you are prepared to spend but I use Le Creuset pans and casseroles for everything. Stainless steel is also safe but I would not touch any non-stick coatings. I saw a recent television programme on DuPont and it was very disturbing. Do not go there...

Peanut31
Peanut31
in reply to Hennerton

Hi

Thanks for your reply.

To me, it doesn’t matter how much it costs as long as it’s not causing me any harm.

I presume if they are good quality they will last.

I was going to use my Christmas and birthday money to buy them (how exciting). Those Le Creuset pans weigh a ton before you even put ingredients in. I remember my nana use to have the orange coloured ones.

Now I know stainless Steel is ok I’ll have a look at those.

Once again thanks so much for your reply.

Best Wishes

Peanut31

Hennerton
Hennerton
in reply to Peanut31

I hate to sound as though I am selling Le Cresuset but your Granny knew best. There is nothing to beat the flavour of foods cooked in these pans and casseroles. I have had some of mine since my wedding in 1972 and I am still using them! They are a real investment. Treat yourself to a small casserole and you will never regret it. So easy to clean too. Everything just floats off.

Peanut31
Peanut31
in reply to Hennerton

Hi

No I don’t think your selling Le Creuset, just passing on your recommendation and personal experience.

I’ll have a look at them.

Best Wishes

Peanut31

MiniMum97
MiniMum97
in reply to Peanut31

I used stainless steel with NO non stick. Non stick coatings are toxic. I have no problems with food sticking really. Perhaps a little in my frying pan but it’s manageable. I also use some cast iron cookware.

I bought a set of tri-ply procook pans which I would really recommend if you want a good quality set of pans for about half the price of other brands.

Avidreader
Avidreader
in reply to Peanut31

I have an iron Skillet -great but heavy. Hubby uses it!

I have Green Pan small fry pan. (hasn't been great for the non-stick to stay)

I use glass containers where possible - Sold in Home Bargains etc . PYREX

I decant my coconut milk once opened (when I can be bothered! _Almost daily) into glass (what a life of Thyroid!)

I'm just investigating more pans but reviews on Amazon for Green pan not great???

I use Greenpan, they can be a bit pricey so shop around. They have some sets in the sale now at pretty good prices. They are non stock but it's ceramic so no nasty Teflon coating ending up in your food! :-)

Peanut31
Peanut31
in reply to salshep

Hi

I’ve just looked and it states they have an aluminium exterior?.

Best Wishes

Peanut31

jimh111
jimh111
in reply to Peanut31

I don't think the exterior matters. Remember aluminium is the most abundant metal on the planet and many foods such as chocolate, herbal teas and flour contain aluminium (and medicines).

Cast iron fry pans are great! Stainless is good. Le Creuset a nice soup pot is great use mine so much! Have a few non stick that are the newer products out there that seem safe.

Peanut31
Peanut31
in reply to 5858

thanks.

Best Wishes

Peanut31

I have an iron Skillet -great but heavy. Hubby uses it!

I have Green Pan small fry pan. (hasn't been great for the non-stick to stay)

I use glass containers where possible - Sold in Home Bargains etc . PYREX

I decant my coconut milk once opened (when I can be bothered! _Almost daily) into glass (what a life of Thyroid!)

I'm just investigating more pans but reviews on Amazon for Green pan not great???

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