Thinking about wrapping your dinner in tin foil? You may want to think again. A recent study published in the International Journal of Electrochemical Science  showed that some tin leached into food when it was used in cooking. The study also indicated that this leaching "significantly contributes to the daily intake of aluminum."

Acidic and spicy foods showed the most aluminum concentrations, the study reported. The study reported that the use of aluminum foil in cooking could pose serious health risks and recommends using foil for storage and packing but not cooking. 

Aluminum Risks

The Global Healing Center reports that researchers have tied aluminum to a higher risk for osteoporosis and Alzheimer's Disease. In addition, the CDC acknowledges that "exposure to high levels of aluminum may result in respiratory and neurological problems."

The CDC also reported that individuals with kidney problems may be at higher risk because their bodies store more aluminum which could lead to bone diseases. Many medications contain aluminum and you are likely exposed to the element when you are outside so completely eliminating your exposure is nearly impossible. But, you can reduce your exposure in the kitchen. 

Reducing your risk

 Avoiding the use of aluminum in the kitchen is a great way to reduce your risk. Try a few of these tips from Whistle Pig Hollow:

-Baking in glass pans
-Cooking most of your meals in cast iron skillets
-Store foods in glass storage containers with lids
-Cook at home more. Most restaurants use aluminum dishes and pans to cook.
-Use a cheap cookie sheet to catch drippings in your oven
-Wrap your turkey in cheesecloth instead of foil (or plan to rotate it regularly)
-Try wrapping food in banana leaves

Have you replaced your tin foil? Share your tips in the comments below.