Cooking with Aluminum Foil? Some Health Issues!

 

A lot has changed since aluminum arrived on the scene back in 1910, after the first aluminum foil rolling plant in Switzerland. The first use of foil in North America came about in 1913 when it was used to wrap Life Savers, candy bars, and gum. Eventually, aluminum foil made its way into kitchens as a way to bake fish or roast vegetables on the barbecue, to line baking pans. According to research, some of the foil used in cooking, baking, and grilling leaches into your food which can pose health problems over time according to the World Health Organization. A 2012 study investigated the amount of aluminum that leaches into food cooked with foil. The amount varied based on factors such as temperature and acidity (fish and tomatoes are highly acidic), but the findings showed conclusively that aluminum foil does leach into food cooked in foil. The increase in cooking temperature causes more leaching. The leaching is also highly dependent on the pH value of the food , salt, and spices that are added. So should you stop cooking with aluminum foil? It seems the general consensus is that we should, at the very least, cut backā€¦.Ed

Source: Alexa Erickson / Photo: Meeh/Shutterstock

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