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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aluminum Foil: Why It Should Never Be Used in Cooking

Aluminum foil has been a household name for decades. Many school lunches and picnic items have been carefully wrapped in it. Grilled foods are often prepared on it. Baking pans are lined with it to cut down on the clean-up. But all that glitters isn't gold, and everything about aluminum doesn't shine. 

Aluminum is harmful to the body; specifically the brain. Studies in animals have shown that aluminum is a neurotoxin. In other words, it poisons the brain and the nervous system of the body. This is big news, considering that the brain controls the rest of the body. Poisoning the brain is akin to hacking the mainframe computer. Things start to go haywire across the entire network when you do that. 

In fact, autopsies on Alzheimer's patients have revealed high levels of aluminum in the brain. Studies have also shown aluminum to be a residual toxin. The longer our brains are exposed, the more aluminum we accumulate.

So how do we protect our cranial computer neurocenters from aluminum? The first line of defense lies in our use of aluminum foil. Every time we heat up food on or in aluminum foil, some of the aluminum particles leach into the food. At times, our taste buds can even detect this occurrence. It registers on the tongue as a tang, similar to lemon. 

Speaking of lemon, adding lemon when cooking on or in aluminum foil is a bad idea. Lemon actually increases the absorption of aluminum in the body. For this reason, you should pass on the lemon in your tea. Tea leaves contain a certain amount of aluminum because of aluminum particles in the soil. The tea plant absorbs the aluminum, and transfers it to the leaves. The longer the leaves remain on the plant, the more aluminum they contain. Black teas are made from the most mature tea leaves. Green teas come from semi-mature leaves. White tea comes from very immature leaves. So opt for white tea, which contains the least amount of aluminum.

Now, I know what you are thinking. How did aluminum get into the soil? Was it from all of the aluminum foil that was tossed into landfills? That certainly is a factor. But much of the aluminum in the soil came from the atmosphere. Crop dusting with pesticides containing aluminum-based chemicals causes airborne aluminum particles to drift down onto fields, where they leach into the soil. Some conspiracy theorists will also tell you that aluminum particles are purposely being sprayed upward into our atmosphere to reflect the suns rays away from the earth, in an attempt to thwart Global Warming. Regardless of your beliefs, the soil samples don't lie. Aluminum is in there, and it is finding its way into plants. 

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to protect ourselves from these social practices. But the individual focus should be on minimizing aluminum ingestion and exposure. Remember, aluminum is residual and accumulative. You may not be able to control "The Environment", but you can have some control over your immediate environment. 

If you use aluminum foil, only cover food with it. Do not cook on it. Do not wrap food in it. Aluminum cookware causes the same problems. Toss out your aluminum bakeware, pots, and pans, and replace them with stainless steel or cast iron. Interestingly, cast iron cookware infuses iron into the foods you cook in it. This can be beneficial, if you are diagnosed with anemia. Don't use cast iron if you are battling cancer, though. Iron acts like a fertilizer for cancer cells, causing them to grow faster and more aggressively.

If you don't want to throw away that huge roll of aluminum foil sitting on the shelf, there are some good uses for the stuff. Crumple large sheets of it into balls, and toss two or three in your dryer in place of a dryer sheet. The bouncing action inside the dryer will fluff up your clothes, and the aluminum content will eliminate static cling.

Make a parabolic shield for your Internet router. This directs your bandwidth exactly where you want it to go, instead of allowing it to disperse equally in all directions. Rather than making your driveway into a WiFi hot spot, push that signal toward your living space, increasing the signal strength inside your home. A simple piece of cardboard, folded in three, will make a nice stand. Cover both sides of the cardboard with aluminum foil, and place the stand behind your router to deflect the signal. Turn this shield in the direction you want to direct your bandwidth. It's easy to make, and it really works!

As you can see, aluminum foil has some really good uses. Just remember, never use it in cooking. Your brain will thank you!