Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease

Today, I want to talk about the danger of using aluminum

pots, and aluminum foil in your daily kitchen adventures. One of the first things I learned in culinary school was to stay clear of aluminum pots and pans. I remember how my teacher, a mean, round, little chef from France, told us in a thick French-American accent to never cook anything acidic (for instance a tomato sauce) in a pot made from aluminum.

The reason ? The acid present in the meal reacts with the metal of the pot, which then releases aluminum straight into your meal. The same thing happens if you wrap your food into aluminum foil, or if you use silverware that isn't made from stainless steel. 

The problem with this? Aluminum is strongly linked to Alzheimer's Disease, and therefore isn't an ingredient you ever want in your food. But how can we avoid  this? The answer is simple: Use pots, silverware, and kitchen appliances made from stainless steel, and don't use aluminum foil to wrap your food.

Stainless steel does not react with acids, and therefore is a great choice for any kitchen. But be CAREFUL, not every kind of stainless steel possesses these non-reactive properties. Only stainless steel marked with the numbers 18/8 or 18/10 does not react with acids. So make sure to pay attention to the kind of stainless steel used in a product, when buying it. 

One of the things you also should consider is that high amounts of aluminum are also a problem in food deliveries. Oftentimes insanely delicious food deliveries like pasta , or Tikka Masala come in aluminum containers, turning these yummy treats into health hazards.

But food isn't the only source of aluminum. Medicine, cosmetic products, and deodorants also often contain this dangerous ingredient. Just something to keep in mind. Anyway, enough for today. Have a great weekend with lots of fabulous food, and plenty of fun.

Love, Peppa:-)