I’m not sure how many of you have heard about foil and the possible danger it poses to our future health. Personally, being immersed in the “health-freak” world I have heard an awful lot. For the longest time it was just a concern to avoid aluminum in deodorant and baking soda- but now I’ve come to realize I should avoid using aluminum foil! Now that I think about it, it only makes sense, but I’ve only recently become aware of why and changed my cooking habits… so, I thought I’d let everyone know what I’ve heard and read.
First of all, there is a lot of dispute over this topic in the scientific community and unfortunately it’s a bit difficult to trust what is found online for many reasons, but I have personally chosen one side (for the time being), and am going to explain why. Second, this is a very general breakdown of information I’ve read- you can research and find out A TON more on your own:)
Alzheimers is a disease best known for wreaking havoc on the mind- causing those who suffer to forget what year it is, where they are, where they live, and even family members. Aluminum has never been directly, scientifically, undoubtedly linked to Alzheimers Disease but, it has been found in abundant amounts in the brain tissue of those who have suffered. Many scientist have concluded from various observations and studies that aluminum is a huge factor in developing the disease and advise caution when using products that expose us to high concentrations- such as deodorant, baking soda, and foil.
While foil is usually coated to prevent the aluminum from seeping into cold foods we store with it, that coating is rendered useless when exposed to high temperatures- think BBQing, or baking in the oven. When citrus, or even tomatoes, are introduced to the mix the leaching becomes exacerbated. Even storing your warm leftover food in foil can cause leaching… uh-oh!
Personally, I would like to live long and remember my life, loved ones, and all the food I have enjoyed and if I need to stop using aluminum foil to cook because it might help me prevent forgetting everything… well that’s a risk I am willing to take! I mean, what’s the worst that could happen? In 20 years the world discovers for a fact that it has no impact whatsoever? So what, at least I’ve made less of a negative environmental impact by causing less waste (I have switched to using glass and stainless steel pans- yay for reusable dishes!).
While I will continue to use foil to store cold foods occasionally, I will no longer be using it in any way to actually cook my food. The same goes for deodorant, toothpaste, and baking soda- I currently make my own or by an all organic and aluminum free!