Heavy metals like arsenic, plumb, cadmium, mercury are poisons for human consumption and need to be avoided in any cooking processes. With all that said aluminum is lately added to the names of heavy metals present in food. Aluminum is not a heavy metal itself because the weight, but it has been found to create significant health damage.
If you ever worked in a commercial kitchen you will know that most of them are equipped with aluminum pots and pans. Aluminum is used in large-scale because is not costly and is a good heat conductor.
Another use of aluminum is as an additive in foods like sodium aluminum phosphate found in processed cheese, potassium aluminum, in bleached white flour or used as an aluminum silicon anticaking agent common in table salt.
Cooking with foil , dishes from aluminum , drinking soft drinks with high acidity from aluminum cans is not recommended. USDA said that the aluminum in some small percentages isn’t toxic but unless you check for a level of aluminum toxicity in your body you will be out of lock because some shocking results in what aluminum is capable were already presented.
In aluminum poisoning some of the reactions are nausea , skin problems, lack of energy.. numbness, kidneys and liver failure, constipation, bone decay..
( poisoning is not an accidental ingest of high amounts of aluminum rather an increased amount of it present from food consumptions and other external factors from daily processed additives containing aluminum )
People with Alzheimer’s have a higher aluminum presence in their brains and a larger populations with Alzheimer’s has been traced in areas with high aluminum concentration in water, people who eat more processed foods that use aluminum as an additive. A bad combination is that of aluminum and silica named aluminosilicate or kaolin that in laboratory studies show inductions of Alzheimer in rats.
Do not consume any products with aluminum as an additive to foods, check your water sources for aluminum concentration, replace any pots and aluminum dishes with stainless steel, glass and other safe materials, Do not use spry deodorants made of aluminum, do not use antiperspirants, sunscreens, baby creams, baby powders , diaper rash cream made with kaolin( aluminum and silica) or any aluminum, medications like aluminum hydroxide as an antacid also used to treat symptoms of indigestions and heartburn that now show can damage kidneys.
There are still studies and more is to be found out sooner or later but as scientists already placing the aluminum on the bad list is hard to believe that will be any good news about this metal for the future in relations with food.