MAPANGANIB: 'Huwag gumamit ng aluminum foil sa pagluluto,' babala ng eksperto - The Daily Sentry

MAPANGANIB: 'Huwag gumamit ng aluminum foil sa pagluluto,' babala ng eksperto

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The use of aluminum foil has been a very common tool in cooking yet a recent dictates that the usage of the said tool is hazardous to a person’s health and the following reasons is why it is.

Aluminum, first and foremost, is a neurotoxic heavy metal that affects the functions of the brain and its association to Alzheimer’s disease and other side effects which has been recently proven by medical experts.

Exposure to the said heavy metal brings mental decline and loss of balance, coordination.

Cooking with aluminum foil affects the bone’s supply of calcium for aluminum builds up in areas of the bone where calcium should’ve.

Cooking with aluminum foils has been proven to be related to pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory disease. This is caused by the inhalation of aluminum which most especially happens when grilling.

But as the trend goes with how aluminum affects the body, it is only harmful when it is exposed to high temperatures for only by would aluminum foil’s particles would leech into food.

A chemical engineering researcher of the American University of Sharjah, Dr. Essam Zubaidy has concluded that aluminum really affects cooking and that there is up to 400mg of aluminum from a meal cooked with the said heavy metal.

According to the World Health Organization, the recommended daily allowance for aluminum is only 60mg daily.

But the problem here is that our body does not need the heavy metal and unlike iron and minerals, humans are unable to process it. So as a result, it poses danger to our health for it accumulates in a humans bones and various internal organs like our kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid.

But the main point of concern here is aluminums effects to the Central Nervous System (CNS) which is in any case absolutely not positive. In other studies exposure to this tool for cooking has been linked autism, brain bone and kidney diseases, Lytico-bodig disease again Alzheimer’s disease.

As it affects the bones need for calcium, Aluminum also affects the body’s need for magnesium and iron. Zubaidy stated that,

“Trace aluminum levels cross the blood-brain barrier and progressively accumulate in large pyramidal neurons of the hippocampus, cortex, and other brain regions vulnerable in Alzheimer’s disease. More aluminum enters the brain than leaves, resulting in a net increase in intraneuronal aluminum with advancing age. Aluminum is responsible for two main types of toxic damage in cells. As a pro-oxidant, aluminum causes oxidative damage both on its own and in synergy with iron.  Aluminum also competes with, and substitutes for, essential metals-primarily Mg2+, iron and Ca2+ ions-in or on proteins and their co-factors.” 

So in other words, Aluminum also accumulates in bone tissue that is believed to cause osteoporosis and it also causes oxidative stress on cells, hastening aging and damaging the DNA.

Luckily, there is a number of different kinds of food that can remove the heavy metal naturally like onions blue green algae, garlic, cilantro, burdock, high-grade bentonite, carrot juices and green tea.