Why You Shouldn’t Wrap Your Food In Aluminum Foil Before Cooking It

If you’re like me, I would have never thought the words Alzheimer’s disease and aluminum had an alarming connection. For years we have all cooked our foods from roasting vegetables, baking fish or meat that’s wrapped in aluminum foil for our meals. Heck, I see it used all the time at barbecues.

Studies now show that doing this could be bad for your health. So what’s specifically wrong? The studies reveal that aluminum is actually toxic and can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, along with a few other problems.

In 2014, scientists discovered high concentration of aluminum had been detected in the brain tissue of elderly patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also considered a new disease due to the change of our living conditions that’s tied with society’s growth in industrialization, which means we are exposed to high levels of aluminum on a daily basis.


The human body was built to naturally heal itself; ridding the body of toxins when the toxins are taken in small, safe ‘doses’ – not in large amounts that overwhelms the body, and therefore weaken its ability to detoxify.

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The featured documentary, The Age of Aluminum, exposes the “dark side” of aluminum, linking the metal with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, other neurological disorders and breast cancer, and the development food allergies; also environmental problems on a global scale.

In the film, Neuroscientist Christopher Shaw says:

“Many researchers are beginning to accept that aluminum has some sort of role to play in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Whether it does in others is still an open question, but Alzheimer’s is really coming into focus and it’s fairly clear that the body burden of aluminum from all the sources to which humans are exposed may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease.”

Aluminum also has other health risks, too. Studies have indicated that high aluminum intake may be harmful to some patients with bone diseases or renal impairment.


Aluminum is found in an appalling number of foods and consumer products:


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These include coffee creamers, baking powder, self-rising flour, salt, baby formula, baked goods and processed foods, coloring and caking agents, corn, yellow cheese, salt, herbs, spices and tea.


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These include antacids, analgesics, anti-diarrheals, and others; additives such as magnesium stearate Vaccines — Hepatitis A and B, Hib, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), pneumococcal vaccine, and Gardasil (HPV).


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These include antiperspirants, deodorants (including salt crystals, made of alum), lotions, sunscreens, and shampoos.


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These include foil, cans, juice pouches, tins,  water bottles, and cooking utensils.


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Aluminum sulfate which is derived from aluminium, is used as a coagulant during the purification process of drinking water, and agricultural uses by creating acidic soil conditions to improve vegetation.


The key is by limiting your aluminum intake as much as possible. Here are a few examples:

Avoid using foil when cooking your food, especially when cooking/baking your food IN foil. It’s time to ditch the old habit. Research shows the level of aluminum also increases when spice is added to food that’s cooked in aluminium foil. It’s highly recommended you use glassware or porcelain when preparing your baked dishes. Your cold food can be safely wrapped in foil, but not for a long time – or else the aluminum in the foil will leak into your food. Below are several new ways to cook your food without the foil:

Baked Potato: Try this recipe from Bless this Mess.
Baked Salmon: Try this recipe from LIVESTRONG.
Barbecue Grilling: Try these directions from Food52.

Make sure your pots are oxidized. The oxidization is the inert layer on your aluminum pots that prevent the aluminum from leaking into your food, which can be worn down by the constant scrubbing when washing. So when you get new aluminum cookware, boil water in them several times until the base becomes matted, creating a natural oxidization that prevents the leaking. Not pretty, but safe.

Avoid deodorant that contains aluminum. Try using baking soda (aluminum-free, too) or buy all-natural, aluminum-free deodorant, or make your own.

Avoid antacids that contain aluminum. Try natural remedies for heartburn and indigestion like sipping a glass of water with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, eat fresh pineapple or papaya, chew a sprig of parsley, drink a cup of peppermint tea, drink aloe vera, or coconut water, or milk.

Although the level of aluminum in our society is overwhelming, it’s about awareness and ironically, in moderation. We all have a personal responsibility to take care of our vessels in order to live longer and healthier lives.

Seek out aluminum-free products and methods available for your personal care, food and home; the more the better. Plus, you can learn how to detox your body.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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