Aluminum foil is mostly used in the kitchen for wrapping and cooking, but it can also be used to treat certain ailments.
According to a recent study, however, there are several important things that we don’t know about aluminum foil.
To begin with, aluminum is a neurotoxic heavy metal, which has serious side-effects on the brain function. In fact, it has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Medical experts point out that the exposure to aluminum leads to long-lasting negative effects, which include:
- Loss of balance
- Mental deterioration
- Memory loss
- Lack of coordination
- Body control complications
This study revealed that cooking with aluminum foil negatively affects the bones since aluminum accumulates in the bones and occupies the space of calcium, minimizing its levels.
Cooking with aluminum foil has also been associated with pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory complications. This is due to the inhalation of aluminum particles.
These effects can also be caused by grilling with aluminum.
It is worth noting that when aluminum foil is exposed to high temperatures, it releases some components of the metal into the food.
According to the findings of Dr. Essam Zubaidy, a chemical engineering researcher at the American University of Sharjah, a meal cooked in aluminum foil can contain as much as 400mg of aluminum.
What this means is that:
“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.”
The World Health Organization puts the RDA (recommended daily allowance) for aluminum at 60mg.