As ceramic cookware is famous for being healthy as compared to other metallic cookware, titanium element is prominent to be stronger but half the weight of the steel. Titanium based cookware did gain momentum in the 80’s but like the aluminum and other metallic cookware, there were some concerns raised gradually about how safe these titanium cookware are.
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People think that titanium cookware is actually made of pure titanium, which is actually a big myth. Titanium standalone is not a healthy metal to be used for cooking food. They do not conduct heat uniformly and also are sticky which clears another myth that they are naturally nonstick. That is why all the so called titanium cookware is actually a mixture of titanium and some other metals to form an ideal cookware.
Chemical properties of titanium and hence the cookware
Titanium is a silver colored natural metallic element which is extremely light in weight but has one of the longest and durable lives. Only titanium based cookware also appear silver, but this does not happen as pure titanium based cookware are not ideal for cooking due to their non-uniform heat or thermal conduction properties.
These titanium based cookware are generally preferred by travelers as they are light in weight. Other than the pure titanium based cookware there are two other types which are classified based on how they are manufactured.
One is coated with a thin layer of titanium oxide and the other is the one coated with Teflon. Both these coatings make them scratch resistant and hence nonstick which is crucial to today’s cooking.
Evolving doubts or concerns
Generally, the titanium cookware built by infusing it with the aluminum metal for making it a healthy cookware as this metal and the ceramic do not react with the human body.
When the health concerns were raised over it, the first issue was that titanium based cookware create excess of aluminum in the body as the metal is absorbed by the food being cooked and hence is absorbed in to the body and excess of aluminum is considered to be a slow poison.
Another issue was not that much related to being a titanium cookware issue but it definitely evolved in relation to the titanium cookware and that was the presence of Teflon coating on this ceramic titanium cookware. Also, many times people are not even aware about the presence of the Teflon coating on the cookware.
The best precaution
The best step to fight against any safety concerns especially in this ceramic titanium cookware is to cook food on lower flame as lower heat flame would not allow the Teflon coating to be converted in to poisonous gas and would not even impact the ceramic coating on it.
What is titanium safe for?
Titanium based cookware are excellent for browning of food items and are capable of baring extreme high temperatures. Often there are many cookwares where you could see the formation of coating or layer when you cook food on the higher flames, and thus they become difficult to clean. But this is just not the case in titanium cookware as they bare the high temperatures without any layer formation on it thus making it easier to clean too.
If with Teflon
If you have purchased a titanium based cookware with Teflon coating, then you need to follow some general basic guidelines particular to the Teflon which can protect the coating and maintains your food and your heath. Do not use the steel or ay other metal utensils on the Teflon coating else the coating might scrape out leading to release of poisonous gases when put on the flame. Also, when you wsh the cookware, then allow it to cool down naturally and then cleanse it.
While cleansing it avoid using hard cleaning pads of steel or any other which might make scratches and result in coating of Teflon coming out.
When you choose Ceramic Cookware look for the kind of coating it has so that you are aware of how to use it. Ceramic cookware benefits are numerous provided you use it as per the recommended instructions on it.