Nickel-free pans: which pans to use? – Italian Cuisine

Nickel-free pans: which pans to use?

Nickel allergy also passes from the pots: here is a small guide for a safe purchase, to navigate between materials and symbols

THE'nickel allergy it is increasingly common, and sufferers know how complicated it is to manage. In fact, to reduce the absorption of this metal, it is not enough to be careful about feeding, avoiding many ingredients. It is also necessary to rewrite some habits: so often the allergist himself advises to replace all the pots. The nickel contained in the most common types of pots can in fact pass to foods and from there reach those who are allergic. But what are the suitable pans?

Pans without nickel: safe materials

Shard, aluminum, glass, terracotta, porcelain they definitely do not contain nickel. Enamel is safe when applied to aluminum. Things get complicated when it comes to stainless steel, but the quality manager Tescoma, who explains: «L’18/0 and 18 / C steel they are nickel-free and therefore have no problems; on the contrary, 18/10 and 18/8 steel, which are the most common, contain Nickel . To distinguish steel when not marked, on the net we often speak of a "magnet test"But, as often happens with information retrieved from the web, it is not completely reliable:" It is no hoax. With the magnet test in fact it can be deduced with certainty if a pot contains Nickel, in this case in fact the magnet will not stick. Unfortunately, however, we cannot be 100% certain that if the magnet sticks, the pot is completely nickel-free . In short, the only thing we can be sure of is that, if the magnet does not stick to the old pots we have in the pantry, these contain nickel: if we are allergic, we better get rid of it.

Finally the pans nonstick, who often doubt who is allergic: suitable or not? «They are all suitable for those who are allergic to nickel – explains the quality manager Tescoma – but only with regards to food allergy. Unfortunately, however, they are not fully safe for those who have contact allergy problems: handles, screws and rivets many times contain Nickel .

Small guide to buying pots without nickel

There are no registered or official symbols or words or abbreviations that are used by the entire market: «every company is creating its own symbols. We too at Tescoma on our online sales site insert one, a circle with the writing inside nickel free. Clear and immediate. Searching for the symbols or the wording "without nickel" is therefore the first directive of a safe purchase. But that's not enough. The advice is to buy «aluminum cookware with non-stick coating and plastic handles. One of our lines that meets these needs is SmartCLICK: it has a non-stick coating and the bottom is often suitable for induction cooking; also you can detach the handle (in plastic) to put it back reducing its bulk and to use it even in the oven .

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