Aluminum foils is often used to cover your casserole and other oven-ready dishes. But now research is showing that if you cook with aluminum foil, you could be exposing yourself to some pretty serious health risks.
Aluminum is a neurotoxic heavy metal that has an adverse effect on brain function, and has even been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Medical experts warn that exposure to this metal may result in mental decline, as well as loss of coordination, bodily control, memory, and balance. Needless to mention, the effects can be long-lasting.
It is also believed that using aluminium foil to prepare meals can cause a problem to our bone structure, as it can lower our bone density and make it brittle, by depleting the calcium levels in our bones.
Researchers have also linked cooking with aluminum foil with pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory issues due to inhalation of aluminum particles. Using aluminium foils to grill fish and other meat is not safe either. The aluminium foil will release it’s chemical compounds into the food when it is subjected to high temperatures. There is even a fear of chemical leaching occurring when lemon or spices are added to the food that is wrapped in aluminium foil and exposed to high temperatures.
World Health Organization states that the aluminium recommended daily allowance (RDA) should not exceed 60 mg. Researchers from the American University of Sharjah believe that cooking your food using an aluminium foil will release about 400 mg of aluminium into the food. This was the result of studies conducted by a chemical engineer and the head of the research team at the University, Dr. Essam Zubaidy. The engineer stated that when aluminium foil is subjected to high temperatures there is an increase in the level of leaching that occurs as the temperatures rise.
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