Kitchen Gadgets and Health
Fight Fatigue With a Frying Pan?
The gadgets and tools that fill your kitchen can do more than help you get meals on the table -- they can help you and your loved ones eat more healthfully. Consider these six kitchen tools that are also wellness winners.
1. Can you fight fatigue with a frying pan?
Black cast-iron skillets and pots can do everything their metal counterparts can, and they're known for their durability and ability to maintain heat evenly.
The health bonus: Doctors sometimes recommend that people prone to iron-deficiency anemia (low red blood cell count due to low iron levels) cook with cast iron. That's because the food safely absorbs iron in the cookware -- especially acidic foods like tomatoes and tomato sauces -- thus adding iron to the diet.
Women of childbearing age are especially vulnerable to iron-deficiency anemia. Nine percent of 20- to 49-year-old women and 19 percent of nursing home residents have anemia. Fatigue is one of the classic early symptoms that people notice, often along with pale skin, headaches, muscle weakness, and dizziness.
Enamel-coated cast iron (such as Le Creuset or Le Chasseur) doesn't provide an iron boost. Look for the heavy, black cast-iron kind.
Good to know: Only a doctor can diagnose iron deficiency -- it's not something you can detect on your own, and if diagnosed, you'll need a further work-up to figure out why you are low on iron. Also, low iron isn't the only cause of fatigue. If you find that you're tired a lot, and there's no clear reason why, be sure to explore what feeling tired might mean.