When you think of potentially dangerous items in your household, it’s safe to bet that aluminum foil doesn’t come to mind. Yet, a recent study has revealed some important things we need to know about this kitchen staple.
Aluminum foil is found in homes all over the world, with uses ranging from cooking to treating common ailments, but Doctors warn it could be dangerous. Here’s why:
- Aluminum is a neurotoxic heavy metal that can have severe side effects on brain function and has even been associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Experts say that long-term exposure to this heavy metal might cause long-lasting adverse effects, including mental decline, memory, coordination, bodily control, and loss of balance.
- Studies have found that cooking with aluminum foil may affect the bones as it can build up inside the bones thereby reducing calcium levels.
- Researchers have related cooking with aluminum foil to pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory issues caused by the inhalation of aluminum particles. The same effects are achieved in the case of grilling with aluminum.
While most people stay well within the World Health Organization RDA (recommended daily allowance) of 60mg aluminum daily, many are not aware that when aluminum foil is exposed to high temperatures, it emits parts of the metal into the food, and the heavy metal might leech in it.
Dr. Essam Zubaidy, a chemical engineering researcher at the American University of Sharjah, has evaluated the effects of aluminum on cooking and found that a meal cooked in aluminum foil can include up to 400mg of aluminum.
“The higher the temperature, the more the leaching. The foil is not suitable for cooking and is not suitable for use with vegetables like tomatoes, citrus juice or spices.”
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