Cook With Aluminum Foil? See This Now!
Man, I hate to be the bearer of bad news...but considering how this might affect your health negatively, I have to let you know what researchers just discovered concerning cooking with aluminum foil. You must see this ASAP!
In their study, researchers with the International Journal of Electrical Science found when you cook food with aluminum foil, it increases the chances aluminum will leach into your food and then enter your body.
Now, as some of you may know, your body is able to expel low amounts of aluminum naturally; but, too much aluminum, and your body isn't able to expel it all. And with constant exposure or absorption, it can create toxic buildup in your body.
Though health organizations (like the World Health Organization) have said daily aluminum intake isn't problematic, this assumes intake falls on the lower end. The problem the researchers discovered is...most people are definitely getting too much, because they're cooking with foil all the time.
How Cooking With Aluminum Can Harm Your Body
Do you remember when it was discovered the BPA in plastics was leaching into people's foods and drinks?
Researchers realized when food/liquid in BPA-filled bottles was exposed to heat, the chemicals in the containers would break down and move into the liquid and the metal.
The same process happens when you cook food with aluminum. Exposure to heat causes the aluminum foil to break down on a molecular level, forcing it to find its way into your food.
As the researchers detail in their report:
Aluminum foil used in cooking provides an easy channel for the metal to enter the human body. The increase in cooking temperature causes more leaching. The leaching is also highly dependent on the pH value of the food solution, salt, and spices added to the food solutions. Aluminum foil is not suitable for cooking specially with acidic food. It is also possible that excessive consumption of food baked with aluminum foil may carry a serious health risk.
Now, I hear you thinking, "What are those health risks?" Yes I can hear you think...
Several studies have found aluminum's potential health risks include contributing to renal impairment, as well as to certain bone diseases. It's even been shown to impede how quickly and how well brain cells grow.
There's even some concern aluminum might be linked to Alzheimer's disease.
Here's a quick note on cooking with aluminum:
Aluminum is one of the most commonly used metals for home cooking. If you're using aluminum utensils, pots, or pans, many of them have been treated to prevent degradation in normal use.
Of course, after frequent use this coating can wear away, which might lead to them leaching aluminum flakes into your food.
Aluminum foil, on the other hand, is practically guaranteed to leach when exposed to high heats and acidic foods.
If you want to stay safe, consider switching to using glass/iron cookware whenever possible.
Certainly not as convenient as foil, but much safer - which I'm sure you'd agree is worth it, right?