Are there health benefits in using wooden utensils?
November 06, 2023

Are there health benefits in using wooden utensils?

    Increasingly when I am at markets I am finding people are more comfortable and familiar with using wooden utensils, not just wooden spoons their grandparents may have used but bowls, lime squeezers, cups.
    People are growing more aware of the different health benefits of using wood, The benefits for not only their own healthy cooking and eating but the health of the environment.
    Some of the health benefits for wooden utensils are
    1. Wooden kitchen utensils are non-toxic and don't leach chemicals into your food. This is important because some plastics and metals can contain harmful chemicals that can leach into your food and potentially harm your health. 
    2. Wooden kitchen utensils are gentler on your teeth and gums. Plastic and metal utensils can be hard and sharp, which can damage your teeth and gums over time. Wooden utensils are softer and more flexible, so they are less likely to damage your teeth and gums.
    3. Wooden kitchen utensils are naturally antibacterial. Studies have shown that wood has antimicrobial properties, which means that it can help to kill bacteria. 
    4. Wooden kitchen utensils are more sustainable than plastic utensil. Plastic utensils are usually made from non-renewable resources, and they can be difficult to recycle or compost. Wooden utensils, on the other hand, are made from a renewable resource, and they are biodegradable and compostable.

    Here are some additional tips for using wooden kitchen utensils safely and hygienically:

    • Wash your wooden kitchen utensils with warm, soapy water after each use.
    • Avoid using wooden kitchen utensils in the dishwasher, as this can damage the wood and make it more susceptible to bacteria growth.
    • Dry your wooden kitchen utensils immediately after washing.
    • Apply a food-safe oil to your wooden kitchen utensils every few months to help protect the wood and keep it from drying out.