Aluminium Foil Health Risk
There is no household that doesn’t use aluminium foil for baking or preserving food in refrigerator. By using it, we are not aware that we put ourselves at aluminium foil health risk. At first, you wonder how is it possible?
Well it is, and here is how.
Some of the foil is leaching into your meal putting your health at risk. Why? Because some of the acidic ingredients in the food prepared, are dissolving the inner layer and you ingest it.
When ingested, the human body can excrete small amounts of it, and in small dosages it is not so health hazardous. The World Health Organisation has established a safe daily intake of 40 mg per kilogram of body weight per day. So for a person who weighs 60 kg the allowable intake would be 2400 mg.
Still, most people are exposed to it, and ingest far more than the measured safe daily intake. Aluminium appears to be present in corn, salt, yellow cheese, spices, herbs, spices, tea, and as a coagulant during the purification process of drinking water(aluminium sulfate).
In developing countries, the most popular cookware material are pots and pans, which are lined with it and it is found in some kitchen utensils like large serving spoons too.
Earlier, copper was used for the matter, but over time, aluminium has replaced it, because it is cheaper for mass production and much more easier to clean.
What Does Scientists Say About Aluminium Foil Health Risk?
Scientists are exploring how much exposure to aluminium may be a threat to human health. For example, high concentrations of aluminium have been detected in the brain tissue of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
What to say, modern living brought us many benefits, but many other bad consequences as well. Not everything that is modern and high-tech means that is suitable for us – humans.
Link between aluminium and Alzheimer’s disease
The researchers found dangerously high levels of aluminum in foods after being cooked, reheated, and even cooled on aluminum foil. The cause for alarm is that when aluminum accumulates in the body, it can lead to osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
If the temperatures are higher, more leaching there will be. Simply, aluminium foil is not suitable for cooking and is not suitable for using it with tomatoes, citrus juices or any other spices.
But, it has been noticed that, when wrapping cold food in it, leaching process hasn’t been shown to be present in the food.
Link between aluminium and weak bones
High aluminum levels in our body, may alter bone mineralization as well as disrupting parathyroid glance and bone cell activity, ironically – but true: one of the most common signs of excessive aluminum accumulation are high calcium levels found in blood.
This is happening because aluminum impedes calcium deposition in bones leading to elevated blood calcium levels resulting in osteoporosis condition.
Why You Should Avoid Foil When Cooking?
Knowing all these aluminium foil health risks, would you, and should you avoid it?
If you use pots and other cookware, they tend to be oxidizing, providing a layer that prevents the aluminium from leaching into food caused by heat.
The problem occur when you scratch them un-intentionally.The layer becomes worn away, and the aluminium might seep into your food. Therefore, you must be careful when you use such cookware. Don’t scratch it!
How to prevent, or avoid this?
When you buy new aluminium pots, boil some water in them couple of times until the base becomes mat looking.
This process is creating natural oxidation that prevents leaching occurrence. Yes,they may seem nicer when they are shiny, but having a mat base is much better for your food and your health – you avoid aluminium leaching into your food.
Cooking into aluminium foil is whole another story. Since aluminium foil is disposable, you will not be able to create that inert layer prior to using it. Cooking in it might lead aluminium leaching above permitted level which is set by WHO.
In acidic and liquid food solutions like lemon and tomato juice, leaching is much higher than in those containing alcohol or salt.
And if you add spice in the food story-leaching levels climb even more. Anything that has an acidic nature, triggers process that dissolves layers of aluminium directly into the food.
Knowing all of this, instead of using aluminium foil, use heat-proof glass cookware or porcelain (also heat- proof). Why playing hazardous with your health…
Final Word Of Advice
Aluminium foil health risk are high if you still continue on using it, finding difficult to abandon your cooking practice. Reconsider this…you should really try to avoid them or at least use them as recommended. There are always much healthier cookware to use than these.
If you have learned something from this, then you should:
- Replace foil with wax paper if you wish to store food while still hot and steamy
- Or, you can use glass food storage containers which always come handy in the kitchen
- Never cook, heat up, or place hot food on aluminum foil
- If you have to use it, at least use foil only to store cold food in the refrigerator, or to wrap some cold sandwiches for later…
- Don’t store any tomatoes, citrus fruits or spices in foil
Why to put yourself at aluminium foil health risk? Reconsider once again your decisions and start your aluminium free life!
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