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Not all metal pans are aluminum. Some aare stainless steel, which I use, and there's always cast iron, which put some useable iron into your diet!
All those disposable pans are aluminum.
I have NEVER used a non-stick pan. Do you knowif you have birds (pet ones) that the fumes from slightly burning the pan will kill them. THey aren't good for us, either.
If you already own pans and want ot know if they are aluminum, put some spagetti saucein and cook it for 1/2 hour. wash the pot. Is the area the sauce touched shiny clean? YUCK. Throw out that pan! Many pans have aluminum covered with stainless or non-stick. As ong as the aluminum is covered, it's going to conduct hte heat evenly and cook well and not get into uyou!
I have baking sheets. I got them at walmart (only store we have), I dont' remember what the are, stainless? ANyway, they're insulated and work great.
Acidic foods will pick up MORE aluminum, but any food will pick up some.
I love my cast iron. I was anemic all my life until I got them. I took iron pills and it never helped. Enamel is great, glass is best, I think, but sometimes you NEED metal, like for frying.
BTW, if you put that spagetti sauce in an iron pot, you get loads of iron in your sauce! At least it's something your body can use.
Mostly old pans are the problem. They seem to have stopped selling plain aluminum pots, except really cheap ones, and those mess kits the boyscouts carry. (poor kids) Aluminum, on old pans, has a certain look, duller than stainless. Thinkk about those tall pots your schools cooked pasta in...dull, metal handles, eacy to clean...aluminum.