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Jun 16, 2013 03:20 PM

Should I be worried about Aluminum bakeware?

I'm on the market for new kitchen things, and a restaurant supply store I am thinking of using has mostly aluminum bakeware (non-anodized as far as I know). I didn't think anything of it until I stumbled on an article about aluminum leaching into foods through bakeware and causing things like Alzheimers. What do you think?

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  1. What do I think? I think there's no science behind it.

    1. The Alzheimers thing was debunked decades ago, aluminum is fine to cook in. If it was unsafe to cook in, every single restaurant wouldn't be using it exclusively.

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      1. re: TeRReT

        Sure restaurants would be using it. They use what is the most convenient and works the best. That is why the health dept inspects them regularly and finds unhealthy conditions. Restaurants use aluminum because it works for them so well, not because it is perfectly healthy.
        For me. I seldom use it. I never liked it any way, because it scratches so bad and food stuck to it and then there is the food reaction thing. I do have a couple of alinum baking sheets that I like, but I always have something between my food and the pan. I use all try ply SS and CI.

      2. I've read several studies on the subject of aluminum and while there may not be 100% proof - I don't care. I'm not taking the chance. I don't use them.
        By the way, I've read studies that using plastic wrap in the freezer and microwave (and the plastic used to make certain water bottles) causes plastic to drip into your food, causing cancer.
        Again, may not have "science behind it", but why take the chance? If it's true - then I'm covered; If it's BS - what did I lose? Nada.

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            1. re: acssss

              That's not good enough. That you can't cite these "studies" says it all.

              1. re: acssss

                Agreed. You can read anything on the internet. Who sponsored the studies? How were the studies designed? You haven't substantiated your assertion.

                This business of aluminum causing Alzheimer's is an old, old charge, and it has never been substantiated. There is plenty of info out there about what might cause Alzheimer's but aluminum is never mentioned.

                1. re: sueatmo

                  Except for "it has never been substantiated" - everything you said is untrue and are pure assumptions.
                  I don't get my information from the internet.
                  There is research being conducted at many universities and research centers across the world with regards to the link between Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's and aluminum.

                  ...and all I said was that while the research is still being conducted and studies are coming out demonstrating any connection, I prefer to be safe... that is what I believe... that is what I've decided. I really don't see the need for argument. If you think it's all a bunch of BS, then good for you... I really could care less..

                  1. re: acssss

                    It's too bad the Alzheimer's Association disagrees, but what do they know?

                    Myth 4: Drinking out of aluminum cans or cooking in aluminum pots and pans can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

                    Reality: During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum emerged as a possible suspect in Alzheimer’s. This suspicion led to concern about exposure to aluminum through everyday sources such as pots and pans, beverage cans, antacids and antiperspirants. Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s. Experts today focus on other areas of research, and few believe that everyday sources of aluminum pose any threat.

                    1. re: ferret

                      The Alzheimer's association definitely does not disagree. They just cannot come out and say there is a link and take down the entire multi-billion aluminum industry until they have concrete evidence that there is a clear link. So far, there is inconclusive evidence but most think there is a link (not few) and they are shelling out a lot of dough to prove it. I believe one day they will. If not, no loss on my part - aluminum gives a bad taste to food anyway in my opinion.

                      1. re: acssss

                        So they're just recklessly exposing hundreds of millions of people to risk by stating there's no demonstrable link even though they know there is? Is no one safe from this conspiracy of misinformation?

                        1. re: ferret

                          I'd like to know where you've read that there is no link. I've only been able to find that the link cannot be proven.

                          1. re: acssss

                            No DEMONSTRABLE link.

                            And you can approach "cannot be proven" from 2 directions. You choose to approach it from the "I feel it in my gut but so far nobody can prove it" while the other approach is "there's no link." For all you know ingesting a certain quantity of peanut butter and jelly in a specific proportion can have a link to Alzheimer's or cancer. Nobody can prove or disprove that either.

                            1. re: ferret

                              So far I don't know of any studies being conducted on PB&J.
                              I do know that the Alzheimer's association and the health organizations in this country are still paying for research with regards to aluminum, therefore, I've decided that for me and my family, it would be wise to refrain from its use.
                              Why is that so offensive to you? I've never implied nor have I said that you are wrong to use it. You want to use it - go ahead an use it.

                              1. re: acssss

                                Also, be aware of aluminum in anti-persperents.

                            2. re: acssss

                              ex "Scientific American" (1997):

                              There is no proof, and the current consensus is that aluminum does not play a major role in the development of Alzheimer's disease.


                          2. re: acssss

                            Oh, Jesus H. on a silpat, here come the conspiracy theories.

                            This has been so thoroughly debunked -- right up there with the "vaccines cause autism" movement (thanks Jenny McCarthy you idiotic bimbo) -- that I can't believe anybody, particularly someone on a FOOD site, would still be playing this old saw.

                  1. re: acssss

                    I have found it nearly impossible to avoid plastic. Aluminum is difficult to completely avoid too. I buy organic coffee, and the packages are lined with aluminum. Now, I am trying to avoid GMO foods..............very difficult since there is no requirement to label.

                  2. Old old stuff. Long ago disproven. Trash science.


                      Study (one of many) from 2011 - states that the link between aluminum and Alzheimer's, ALS, etc still has to be established - it causes adverse effects on humans.
                      Which is my point. The link with Alzheimer's may be BS, and it may be proven fact in the future. For now, why take the chance? In any case it is "not essential for life" as the study states. I agree.

                      "Whilst being environmentally abundant, aluminum is not essential for life. On the contrary, aluminum is a widely recognized neurotoxin that inhibits more than 200 biologically important functions and causes various adverse effects in plants, animals, and humans. The relationship between aluminum exposure and neurodegenerative diseases, including dialysis encephalopathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinsonism dementia in the Kii Peninsula and Guam, and Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been suggested. In particular, the link between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease has been the subject of scientific debate for several decades. However, the complex characteristics of aluminum bioavailability make it difficult to evaluate its toxicity and therefore, the relationship remains to be established."

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                          1. re: acssss

                            You said you read several studies but only provided a link to one.

                            Where are these ongoing studies occurring?

                        1. re: acssss

                          Nevermind the abstract...., look at the actual data. It doesn't stand on its own.

                          1. re: liza219

                            If it didn't then why are there so many government grants being given to researches across the country (your tax dollars) to try and see if there is a connection. So far, no one actually knows whether there is or isn't and from what I understand, it is leaning toward - yes there is. Not conclusive, true, but hardly BS or trash science.

                            1. re: acssss

                              Because we all know grants are only given for proving positive results.

                          2. re: acssss

                            That isn't a study, it's a review article. It does cite several studies, however.