Aluminum foil is one of the most used things in the kitchen. People commonly use it to wrap food leftovers and for cooking, and the foil has numerous other purposes you probably weren’t aware about.
However, even though it’s a staple of every kitchen, scientists are now warning that using aluminum foil can have serious consequences on your health!
Aluminum is a neurotoxic heavy metal that can impair your brain function and has been related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Long-term exposure to the heavy metal can result in mental decline as well as loss of balance, memory and coordination.
One study also found out that aluminum foil can affect your bones – when aluminum builds up inside your bones, it can crowd out the calcium from them and cause numerous problems.
Furthermore, scientists have associated cooking with aluminum foil with pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory disorders.
When exposed to high temperatures, the foil releases toxins into our food which may have serious consequences on our health.
Dr. Essam Zubaidy, a chemical engineer from the American University of Sharjah has studied the effect of aluminum foil on cooking and discovered that an average meal cooked on the foil contains up to 400 mg. of aluminum. “The higher the temperature, the more the leaching. Foil is not suitable for cooking and is not suitable for using with vegetables like tomatoes, citrus juice or spices,” Dr. Zubaidy says.
The recommended daily allowance for aluminum suggested by the WHO (World Health Organization) is 60 mg., which shows just how dangerous cooking with aluminum foil can be.