Q. I am concerned with the aluminum and teflon bowls in rice cookers. Will this cause a health risk?
We are excited to your commitment to eating whole grains through the week – your family’s health will reap a reward thanks to your proactive role as Mom! And as you continue reading this response, I believe that this is the bottom line your commitment to whole plant foods. Environmental risk to health will always be a factor to consider, but the lifelong choice of a healthy lifestyle will give you a quality of life which no quantity can offer.
Studies have shown that both aluminum and stainless steel cookware do leach their respective components to a small degree. However, conclusive research verifying resulting disease has yet to surface. For example:
Hence, with the scientific knowledge currently available, decide which material you trust most, and consider the other factors which will help you narrow down your final choice (price, cup capacity, limited function vs. increased features).
On a personal note, I have been reared on rice, and therefore have had the privilege of eating rice from all the above-mentioned cookware and have experimented between steaming and boiling. Currently, I use a simple stainless steel rice cooker. And just like any other new kitchen appliance, I have learned the right proportions to making the rice come out just the texture desired. But if you have more money to spend, the bells and whistles that come with more deluxe models definitely enhances the options of ricecooking (set timer, different textures of rice production, etc).
And after 3 decades of experimenting, I am pleased to report that I am enjoying life to it’s fullest!