A cast iron skillet may seem like a vintage addition to your modern kitchen, but be assured that it is going to be the most dependable asset in your pantry. Not only is it sturdy and long-lasting, it comes with a handful of health benefits too. Here are five reasons you need to invest in a cast iron skillet:

1. No Toxic Fumes: Regular non-stick pots and pans contain a repellent coating that keeps food from sticking to it. This coating contains a chemical called PFC (perfluorocarbons) that has been linked to several health conditions including cancer, liver damage and developmental problems. By replacing your ordinary skillet with a cast iron one, you can avoid these toxic fumes.

2. Nonstick: A preheated cast iron skillet is almost as good as a nonstick pan. That means you don’t have to use too much oil when searing chicken or browning potatoes in it. As long as you keep your skillet well-seasoned, you can use it as a nontoxic replacement for a nonstick pan.

3. Iron Boost: Cooking food in a cast iron skillet is said to fortify its iron content. This is a great way to increase your iron intake, which is essential for strengthening your immune system and preventing conditions like anemia.

4. Inexpensive: In comparison to stainless steel cookware, an iron skillet is a lot more budget-friendly. While a 12-inch stainless steel skillet may cost around $50, an iron one may cost only $20.

5. Multipurpose: Using a cast iron skillet is not limited to the stove top; you could use it in the oven too, at high temperatures. Because you can get it really hot, it could also double as a grill.

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After pursuing her Masters in Journalism, Vanessa got her first big job as a health writer and since then, she has never switched paths. She has always been intrigued by the wonders of a holistic lifestyle, and believes it was destiny that led her to writing for the wellness industry. In her natural state, you can find her tucked under a blanket watching an Indie film, or reading obsessively. At Z Living, she writes about food trends and other daily life expeditions.