67000 pediatricians recommend ONLY 2 materials for kids dishes - but there's a clear winnner: stainless steel

"Silicone is safer than plastic, right?"

If you've heard that question from concerned parents more than once, you're not alone. In the ever-growing world of and child-safe products, consumers face a barrage of options however, seem to sing in unison on this one: for children's dishware, it's glass or stainless steel all the way.

The Doctor's Orders: Stainless Steel and Glass Only"

Using stainless steel or glass to feed your children minimizes the risk of toxic chemicals leaching into their food," says Dr. Manasa Mantravadi, a practicing pediatrician and Ahimsa Founder. She's not alone in her recommendation. A group of 67,000 pediatricians agree that the only healthy option for dishes are stainless steel or glass.

"Look, materials like silicone or bamboo might be trending right now, but they have not been studied in the depth and for as long as glass and stainless steel have been for their safety profile in human health and environmental impact," Dr. Mantravadi adds. But let's be honest, giving a toddler a glass plate is akin to handing them a ticking time bomb. So, what are we left with? Good ol' stainless steel.

The Problem with Alternatives: Plastic, Silicone, and Bamboo

Let's dish out the truth. Plastic with issues ranging from BPA to potential hormone disruption. Silicone, although touted as a safer alternative, has been shown to degrade over time. And while bamboo dishes look Instagram-worthy, they often come with a coating of synthetic resin, which could be problematic. "Bamboo dishware is often praised for its eco-friendliness, but when it comes to direct food contact, it's not always as pure as it seems," says Dr. Mantravadi. "Those beautiful bamboo plates often have a glue or resin that contains formaldehyde."

The Stainless Steel Advantage

If glass dishes are the fragile darlings of the tableware world, stainless steel is the robust champion. It's a no-nonsense material that won't break or peel, and it's resistant to staining. In short, it's the Wolverine of dishware, but without the mood swings.

"We like stainless steel for its durability, but we love it for its inert properties," says Dr. Mantravadi "chemically stable, meaning it won't leach harmful chemicals into food, even when subjected to high-heat conditions like in a dishwasher."Moreover, stainless steel is recyclable and long-lasting, making it a win-win for parents and the planet.

Ahimsa: The Healthy Choice

In a market flooded with "safe" options, Ahimsa stands out with its stainless steel kids' dishware. Combining style, safety, and sustainability, the company sets the bar for child-safe tableware, offering parents peace of mind one plate at a time. "Parents have enough to worry about. The safety of their children's dishes shouldn't be another concern on that ever-growing list," says Dr. Mantravadi. With Ahimsa's focus on stainless steel, consider that one less thing to worry about.

Final Thoughts

While we can't childproof the world, we can make choices that are as safe as they are sensible. When it comes to kids' dishware, stainless steel isn't just an option; according to many pediatricians, it's the recommendation.