Myth or Fact? Cooking with Aluminum Foil Is Bad for Your Health!

Aluminum foil is super convenient in the kitchen.

You can wrap up foil packets of marinated veggies for the grill, line a baking sheet with foil to cut down on clean up, or cover casseroles in the oven. And don’t forget about storing leftovers in foil!

Most of us don’t think twice about cooking with aluminum foil, but can cooking with foil can have dangerous consequences?

Myth or Fact?
Throughout the years, reports have swirled about high levels of aluminum leading to health risks including Alzheimer’s and kidney disease. The fact is aluminum is all around us (even in the water supply), and regular contact does not appear to cause issues. Luckily, the body has various systems in place to assist rid the body of excess quantities of this metal. That said, intake of hazardous levels gradually could eventually be hazardous to bone, brain, muscle and other tissues.

In the Kitchen area
Is there a concern for the house cook? It might depend on how you utilize foil in your cooking area. There’s not sufficient research to this day to state use of foil will posture immediate damage. Research studies that do exist reveal that covering cold or cooled foods in foil for storage did not lead to leeching of any aluminum. However, a study released in 2012 did find that cooking with aluminum at high temps and making use of acidic foods, salt, and spices did perpetuate a greater amount of leeching.

Bottom Line
More research study may be needed to call for tossing all your foil in the trash. Determine if the food you prepare enters into contact with foil and assess if this might possibly add to a greater than desirable consumption of aluminum. If you are concerned about your intake, reserve foil for food storage rather of cooking.