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I've heard from various sources they may be linked to alzheimer's. Wow, cast iron is what I use for most of my cooking. :(


Too much iron has been linked to a wide variety of conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and colorectal cancer to name just a few.[5][6][7] There’s a couple groups of people who don’t have to worry quite as much about iron overload though: menstruating women and vegetarians/vegans. But for others, especially those who regularly eat red meat, it doesn’t take much to push yourself into excess iron territory.
 

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I read back in the 1960 and 1970's when people stopped using cast iron some women became anemic because they were not getting iron from the cast iron pans. I have also heard alzheimer's was linked to teflon??? I trust cast iron pans before I would cook with teflon pans. I remember my mother throwing away her teflon pans because the teflon has worn off and the food would stick.
 

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I gave up on coatings years ago. Teflon. Silverstone. Once I started to notice the coating coming off, I realized that it was likely I was ingesting some of it. And no, I wasn't using metal utensils. So out it all went, and I loaded up with CI.
 

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I've heard from various sources they may be linked to Alzheimer's. Wow, cast iron is what I use for most of my cooking.
It was from Nature Journal, Molecular Psychiatry, mentions iron burden as an important contributor underlying the brain damage of Alzheimer's disease, which cannot be explained by the presence of amyloid plaques or tau tangles alone.

So if I read it correctly, it does not cause it but can worsen the condition, then again, decades from now they may indicate that it can cause it as well. This is also a source of this topic, although I do not know the validity of the site.

Ironically, I think in the 60s, but do not quote me on time frame, there was a study with women that stopped using cast iron pans, who developed anemia. So too little or too much iron can be a problem.

Personally, I gave up using cast iron due to medical reasons, and switched to a cast aluminum Dutch oven, and purchased pot liners to prevent seepage of metal into my food.
 

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Cast iron seems relatively safe among the alternatives. It does leach some iron into the food, but it's the same type of iron you get from natural foods, and it's unlikely that you'll consume so much additional iron from the cookware to be a problem. A figure I often see for the safe upper limit for daily iron intake is ~45mg. Your cast iron pot generally will only leach a few milligrams of iron into the food at worst. Also note that new, unseasoned cast iron cookware will leach more iron compared to seasoned cookware.

I would advise avoiding anything with teflon.
 

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I was raised on cast iron cookware food and have a couple of favorite skillets..which my wife says I aint allowed to us in the house again till I burn the crud off of em cause the fumes is making her act nuttier than usual. An impartial observer might say shes a nagger.
 

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Heard the ones made in China ones were high in lead. Not suprising.

No way I am even giving up my Lodge gear.

Made this in my skillet last week. Added sharp cheddar, slices garlic and sun dried tomatos.


Has the texture of foccacia and it is the cat's meow.

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A few years back I was working on a house that was being flipped, and all the stuff that the current owner found in the house was piled up in the detached garage. One day, I pulled into the driveway and there was a 30 yard dumpster in front of the garage. He was tossing everything in the garage into it. I spotted a rather rusty Lodge skillet amongst the junk and asked if I could have it. He said, "Sure, take it... no one can use it 'cuz it's all rusted."

The next night, I was making bacon and eggs in it. I already had the same skillet in my kitchen, but having two is suh-weet.
 

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My grandfather grew up on cast iron AND well water.
The man had so much iron in him that his teeth literally broke dentist drills. His high iron content was the dentist's only explanation for this.
He passed at 86, if I remember right, and was never diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Anecdotal for sure, but way too many other folks grew up exactly like he did. If iron was the cause, a pattern would emerge.
 
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