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Is aluminum in my food and drink dangerous?

  1. Aluminum in your food is not harmful in a healthy diet. Your body only absorbs it in very small amounts and transports it back through the kidneys. Aluminum occurs naturally in many products. So it is inevitable that you will ingest it.

How do you ingest aluminum?

  1. Aluminum is mainly consumed through food and tap water. It occurs naturally in many foods. There is very little aluminum in fruit, meat and fish products. It is slightly more common in spices, herbs, tea leaves and cocoa beans. Aluminum can also be contained in certain additives (E numbers) such as dyes. However, the use in additives is limited and strict rules apply. There are also strict requirements for drinking water. If there is too much aluminum in the water, it will not come out of our tap.

What kind of products does aluminum contain?

  1. Some products that use clay may contain a lot of aluminum. It concerns, for example, detoxification clay, which is used for detoxification or detoxification. And clay products such as pimba or gourd lime, which are said to help against morning sickness. Besides aluminum, it can also contain other harmful substances, such as lead and dioxin. Do not take these products. They are not safe and their effectiveness has not been proven. Aluminum can also be found in cosmetic products such as toothpaste and deodorant. These do not pose a health risk in normal use. Aluminum can also be found in cleaning products, soil particles, household dust and some vaccines and medicines.

Cooking and storage in aluminum

  1. Aluminum can also enter food in small quantities through cooking utensils or packaging materials. That's because aluminum can dissolve in combination with salt or acid. A tip is therefore not to use aluminum pans, dishes, pots or foil for preparing or storing very acidic or salty foods. Think of fruit juices, rhubarb, tomato paste or salt herring. Do you make coffee with an aluminum percolator? Do not wash it in the dishwasher. The protective layer of the percolator may come off in the dishwasher.

Is aluminum harmful?

  1. Aluminum in your food is not harmful in a healthy diet. Your body only absorbs it in small amounts and transports it away via the kidneys. The amount of aluminum that enters your body through food is too little for poisoning. Even when you add other sources, the total amount is generally well below the value at which it can be harmful. Risk group

  1. What happens if you consume too much aluminum? If you consume too much aluminum, the nervous system and bones can be affected. In the past, there has also been a link between aluminum exposure and breast cancer and Alzheimer's disease. But this has never been scientifically proven.

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