Aluminium is a light, durable and functional solid metal. That is a chemical element which is found not only in chemistry labs but almost everywhere. It is a very common element which is used in kitchens as cookware, but is it safe? Recent researches have found out that it can pollute our bodies and cause very hazardous health diseases. Let us look into some unknown points about aluminium.
Top 10 Reasons To Not To Use Aluminium In Your
- The only poison that can leach into food by cooking with aluminium is the aluminium itself.
- Some unpleasant effects of eating food cooked in aluminium are hyper-acidity, peptic ulcers, indigestion, flatulence, skin problems like pigmentation, eczema, dandruff and chronic inflammation of the intestine, which may be diagnosed or misdiagnosed as Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or as chronic amoebic dysentery.
- The reason this became a concern is that large amounts of the material have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which proves that aluminium crosses the blood/brain barrier. This does not establish a causal link, which indirectly points out that it causes Alzheimer’s disease in the brain.
- The most common health issue due to this is overexposure with inhaled aluminium dust than it being dissolved in food. People who work for a long period of time in an environment contaminated with metal dust may develop a cough or abnormal chest X-rays.
- To minimize the amount of it that dissolves into your food from cookware, avoid cooking acidic foods like tomatoes in the aluminium pans. Some people with its allergy may react to medicines packed in the foil especially to acidic medication like aspirin. Many antacids contain aluminium hydroxide and should be substituted by calcium carbonate antacids.
- Some of the aluminium that we get to eat comes from processed food additives, such as preservatives, colouring agents, anti-caking agents and thickeners, which can affect your body in an easy way!
- Aluminium reduces the growth of bone and predisposes to osteoporosis.
- High intake of aluminium may also be harmful to people suffering from bone diseases or renal impairment according to studies. Further, the growth rate of brain cells in humans is adversely affected by it.
- Any scrapes or scratches in the inner side would lead it in getting leached into the food. Be careful as to not use sharp spoons too, try to use wooden or bamboo spoons to cook or take the food out.
- More than 95% of aluminium is eliminated by the kidney, people with poor kidney function are more likely to store it in their bodies and because of which they are suggested to avoid the usage of the cookware.
Human bodies can excrete small amounts of aluminium very efficiently. This means that less consumption of it is not a problem. The World Health Organisation has established a safe daily intake of 40mg per kilogram of body weight per day. So for a person who weighs 60kg the allowable intake would be 2400 mg. Basically the only point comes out is that excess of anything is bad for health. So, just try to avoid this metal at your best.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!