Aluminum foil has been a favorite kitchen work staple for decades, but despite the older generation’s beliefs and practices, please don’t use it for storing leftovers.
Aluminum foil just doesn’t cut when it comes to sealing up foods you want to eat again later. For one thing, no matter how tightly you fold the foil over, it’s not going to give you the air-tight conditions you need to slow bacterial growth and keep the food fresher, longer.
I personally never use foil for anything. Aluminum is neurotoxic no matter what form it comes in, and studies have shown that aluminum contamination in food, drugs, and consumer products is much worse than previously thought.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average adult in the U.S. consumes about 7 to 9 mg of aluminum per day in food, and a lesser amount from air and water. When tested in a lab, aluminum contamination has been found in a vast number of products on the market, from foods and beverages to pharmaceuticals, which suggests the manufacturing process itself is a significant part of the problem.
Aluminum is found in several foods and consumer products, including:
• Foods such as baking powder, self-rising flour, salt, baby formula, coffee creamers, baked goods, and processed foods, coloring and caking agents
• Drugs, such as antacids, analgesics, antidiarrheal medications and others; and additives such as magnesium stearate
• Vaccines — Hepatitis A and B, Hib, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), pneumococcal vaccine, Gardasil (HPV) and others
• Cosmetics and personal care products such as antiperspirants, deodorants (including salt crystals, made of alum), lotions, sunscreens and shampoos
• Aluminum products, including foil, cans, juice pouches, tins, and water bottles
Additional contamination occurs when food comes into contact with aluminum equipment and other items like that foil you want to wrap your food in.
If you cook your food in aluminum foil, you are introducing your own contamination.
One investigation found that cooking meats in aluminum foil increase their aluminum concentration. Researchers concluded, “eating meals prepared in aluminum foil may carry a health risk by adding to other aluminum sources.”
As with many toxins, it isn’t one exposure here and there that is so concerning — it’s the cumulative effect of many smaller exposures over time that can lead to a toxic metal overload and erosion of your health.
And, lastly, aluminum heads straight to your brain and central nervous system — with today’s Alzheimer’s cases rising rapidly, this is a major concern, especially since we now have documented evidence that long-term exposure to aluminum can damage brain tissue and lead to degenerative disease
Does Your Frozen Dinner Come with a Side of Aluminum?
Aluminum contamination in our food supply is a more significant problem than you may think. In a study published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, researchers analyzed 1,431 non-animal foods and beverages for aluminum content. This is what they found:
*77.8 percent had an aluminum concentration of up to 10 mg/kg
*17.5 percent had aluminum concentrations between 10 and 100 mg\kg
*4.6 percent of the samples had aluminum concentrations over 100 mg/kg
Aluminum compounds are often used as additives in foodstuffs. Additional contamination occurs when food comes into contact with aluminum equipment and other items because aluminum is unstable in the presence of acids and bases. Aluminum equipment has a protective oxide film, but this can be damaged as fine fissures develop from normal wear and tear.
If you cook your food in aluminum foil, you are introducing your contamination. One investigation found that cooking meats in aluminum foil increase their aluminum concentration. Researchers concluded, “eating meals prepared in aluminum foil may carry a health risk by adding to other aluminum sources.”
As with many toxins, it isn’t one exposure here and there that is so concerning—it’s the cumulative effect of many smaller exposures over time that can lead to a toxic metal overload and erosion of your health. According to a 2006 study, cooking meat in aluminum foil increased aluminum levels as follows:
*Red meats cooked in aluminum foil showed an increase in aluminum by 89 to 378 percent
*Poultry increased by 76 to 214 percent
Aluminum levels increased with higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times
Let’s face it: We’re surrounded by threats, some of them unseen, that are putting us at risk of ill health. GMOs. Processed foods. EMFs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s at this time that most people seek guidance to help guard against these perils and secure their well-being. Oftentimes, it seems like an impossible feat.