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Aluminum as an additive

Updated on June 2, 2011

Aluminum and Your Food Supply

Aluminum is a trace element; it is one of the most abundant elements on earth. It is found in many natural foods in trace amounts. As a food additive it serves many functions. Bakers use it for the delayed action, it dissolve slowly in water. When used in cake mixes only twenty percent of the gas carbon dioxide is released and the remainder is released during the cooking process.

Most people are unaware that Aluminum is also used as an emulsifier in cheese. There are other ways of absorbing Aluminum. Two of those ways are cookware and antacids containing aluminum. The human body discards unused amounts of aluminum through urine. However, people with advance kidney problem should ask their physician about non- aluminum products. There are many commercial uses for aluminum, baking powder, antiperspirant, feminine hygiene products.

These product are plainly marked for the consumer to make and informed choice if and only if you have the necessary facts about the affects of aluminum. There are studies on chemicals in our food supply and the affect on the animal and human species. Commercial users perform “in house” studies and present them to the FDA for approval prior to using a chemical as an additive. University scientist also performs studies on chemical as food additives. Some of the studies have linked aluminum to disease such as; Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia just to name a few. If both the Commercial user and the Universities are performing studies, then, it would stand to reason that doctors are aware of these finding. The doctor could inform the public to be aware and to eliminate the additive or reduce their usage.


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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Interesting article and information. Thanks for sharing this information on aluminum.