If You Use Aluminum Foil, Stop Right Now: Here’s Why

If You Use Aluminum Foil, Stop Right Now: Here’s Why

Almost every household has aluminum foil. It makes clean up easy if you are baking and people even use it to scrub pans to help clean the food that won’t come off with a sponge. Some sources even say that you can cure common health ailments with aluminum foil! Since aluminum is a heavy metal, why would you want it in your body?

Aluminum took the place of copper in cookware because it was cheaper for mass production, and it made these items easier to clean. These items include regular pots and pans and certain kitchen utensils like forks, butter knives, and serving spoons. It’s best to avoid aluminum cookware and cook with ceramic, stainless steel, or cast iron pans.

There has long since been a debate about aluminum foil increasing one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While aluminum foil isn’t good for the body, you would have to eat a lot of food cooked at very high temperatures in aluminum foil to have detrimental effects on the brain. Aluminum poses other health risks, however, making people more susceptible to bone diseases and kidney failure.

When it comes to cooking or wrapping your food with aluminum foil, you should not do it. It’s that simple. The metal can leach into your food, especially when you cook with it. The foil is not meant to be in the high oven temperatures. The higher the temperature, the more metal emits into the food. More aluminum can leach into foods with more acidic pH levels, e.g. tomatoes, citrus, or spices.

New studies have shown that cooking with aluminum foil can cause an aluminum build-up inside your bones. The aluminum begins to takes up space, ultimately reducing your calcium content. This is why those who cook with aluminum foil are more prone to developing bone disease. Additionally, cooking with aluminum foil has been tied to pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory ailments, due to the ingestion of aluminum particles.

We do not recommend using aluminum for cooking. It is best to use porcelain or glassware when preparing baked dishes.