Our expert says:
Copper pots are only safe if the surface that comes in contact with food is lined with a safe coating like stainless steel. You don't want to use unlined copper utensils or where the copper has worn away.
This is because unless there's a barrier of another safe metal, copper can leach into food when heated. Unlined copper containers should also not be used to hold highly acidic foods.
Copper is an essential trace element in the human body i.e. we need it but in very small amounts. It's toxic only in high quantities; occasional exposure through unlined copper utensils is unlikely to do you harm, but it's best to avoid it.
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