Has it ever occurred to you that food/drink packaged or cooked in aluminium may pose potential risks to your health?
If your answer is “no” or “I’m not sure“, do not fret as this article will reveal all there is about the use of aluminium.
Today, we share with you the pros and cons of aluminium used in packaging food/drinks and ways to limit drinking/eating meals containing toxins.
What Is Aluminium?
Aluminium is a thin metal that is popularly used in packaging food and drinks by manufacturing companies.
It is also used in restaurants and at home to cook food like fish barbecue.
It is durable, lightweight, flexible and has the capability to keep out light, liquid and microorganism thus aids in preserving food, drinks and drugs.
Due to the fact, that heat is lost and gained through aluminium at a faster rate, it also makes a good option for cooking and a cold drink container such as grilling and canned beverages respectively.
Is Aliminium Bad?
Aluminium is naturally abundant in nature as it can be found in fruits, vegetables and fishes too.
It is also found in antacids which is a medication that helps relieve ulcer or acid reflux.
Another fact is that you excrete aluminium your body does not need through urine or feaces.
We can’t say it is entirely bad neither does it mean caution should be thrown the wind.
Aluminium consumption becomes dangerous when it is ingested excessively.
Potential Dangers of Using Aluminium
Aluminium used in cooking food or packaging food/drinks have been found to increase the concentration of aluminium in dietary intake.
Research as linked Alzheimer’s disease to the dietary consumption of aluminium.
It was discovered that very high level of aluminium was found in the brains of people affected with Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive mental decline due to generalized degeneration of the brain, which may occur in middle or old age.
The older you get, the rate at which your body removes toxins like excessive aluminium from your body decreases.
How do you end up taking too much Aluminium?
Aluminium seeps into food or drinks when they are under the following conditions:
1. High temperature;
- Milk tins, which are insulated by aluminium, are used by people to cook food like moin moin (Bean pudding) which takes a while under high heat before it is ready to eat.
- Also, aluminium foils are used to barbecue fish/beef/white meat or steam vegetables as it helps to keep the food intact while retaining moisture but aluminium seeps in during the cooking process.
2. Cooking with acidic foods
Tomatoes, cabbage and lemons are acidic in nature which when cooked with other food while using aluminium utensils/cookware or wrapped in aluminium foils increases the rate at which aluminium contaminates the food.
3. Processed Food Packaging
People eat aluminium from processed food additives such as colouring agents, thickeners and anti-caking agents.
How can Aluminium Consumption be Stopped?
You can’t entirely stop yourself from taking aluminium but you can reduce the rate at which you take it into your body.
You can do this by;
- Eating more of home-cooked meals than processed foods.
- If you must use aluminium foil, ensure you cook under low temperature and avoid cooking acidic food with other foods while using them.
- Avoid using aluminium utensils to cook instead use alternatives like porcelain or glass.
- Consume beverages like soft drinks in glass bottles rather than cans. This is because glass does not seep or leech any chemical into food, no matter the temperature.
It is important to know that as a consumer, you need to be aware of risks associated with consuming food packaged in aluminium and nylon so as to demand for a healthier packaging from manufacturing companies.
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