Aluminum foil is a widely used ingredient in our kitchen, for wrapping food, baking and so on. Sometimes we even use it to treat some simple problems, but science says that this is a big no and there is so much we don’t know about this common item.
Aluminum foil contains aluminum which is a highly toxic metal that has been linked to causing sever damages to our nervous system and some studies even suggest that it can be linked to Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.
Many health experts claim that on the long run, aluminum exposure can have long-lasting side-effects, and lead to problems like loss of balance, mental decline, memory problems and body coordination issues. Using this foil in cooking can damage our bones, because aluminum can build up in the bones and reduce the calcium levels, taking up its space.
Many studies and researches have linked aluminum foil cooking with respiratory problems like pulmonary fibrosis owing to the aluminum particles inhalation. The same can be said for using aluminum foil in grilling as well.
But the worst thing is that the number of people who are aware of this issue is insignificant, there are millions who still use this item in their kitchen every day, not knowing what it does to their body and health. When we use aluminum foil in cooking it’s exposed to abnormally high temperatures which cause the aluminum particles to leak into the food we then eat, exposing our body to this highly toxic metal.
According to Dr. Essam Zubaidy, who is a chemical engineering researcher employed in the American University of Sharjah, and his research on the topic, a meal cooked in aluminum foil can contain up to 400mg of aluminum.
The WHO says that the recommended daily allowance for aluminum, is 60mg a day.