The use of aluminum foil for cooking food, especially for grilled fish, is gaining popularity as it is easy to grill, but this can have serious health consequences.
The danger of cooking with aluminum foil occurs when the aluminum foil is exposed to high temperatures, which causes the aluminum to penetrate the food.
Studies have shown that the use of aluminum foil for acidic cooking causes more aluminum to penetrate the food. For example, use lemon, vinegar, peppers, tomatoes, or tomato juice in cooking.
Because aluminum is not metabolized by the body when it enters the body, it can be in the blood, muscles, and other organs. Our bodies can only release small amounts of aluminum.
Having too much aluminum in the body can cause:
1. Brain damage
Scientists have suggested that high levels of aluminum in the body cause memory loss, neurological disorders, and Parkinson's disease because aluminum can reduce the growth rate of brain cells.
Elevated levels of aluminum in the body also cause osteoporosis because aluminum interferes with the body's absorption of calcium.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that we can consume 1 mg of aluminum per day per kilogram of body weight. Therefore, people who weigh 50 kg can consume 50 mg of aluminum per day.
But most of us eat too much aluminum. Aluminum is found in corn, yellow cheese, salt, herbs, spices, tea, cooking utensils such as pots, pans, or forks made of aluminum, antacids, and drinking water. Through purification using aluminum sulfate.
We can avoid using parchment paper to cook food using banana leaves or salt instead. For example, grilled fish, salt, prahok, grilled banana leaves.