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Sep 12, 2013 03:18 PM

Aluminum in food/beverages?

My husband is a dialysis patient, (4+ years), and over the past 5 months or so, his aluminum levels have been going up. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about aluminum levels in food/drinks. We have had our tap and bottled water tested, he doesn't eat shellfish, stopped using anti-perspirant. I don't have aluminum pots & pans, and he rarely eats anything that I prepare on a baking sheet with foil on it. I was wondering about soda in cans, he does drink approx one soda a day. Any thoughts?
His Dr. & nurses are wracking their brains as am I. Thank you.

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  1. Hi jacquelyncoffey

    I'm sorry to hear that. I don't know much about aluminum in food but was able to find this abstract from PubMed

    "Literature data on the aluminium content of individual foods have been compiled, summarized and presented by food groups. The contribution of aluminium from food preparation and cooking utensils and from food additives is discussed. Literature data on the daily intake of aluminium are summarized, and the contribution of food groups to daily aluminium intake is estimated. The major sources of dietary aluminium include several with aluminium additives (grain products, processed cheese and salt) and several that are naturally high in aluminium (tea, herbs and spices). The aluminium that may migrate from aluminium utensils is probably not a major or consistent source of this element. Daily intakes of aluminium, as reported prior to 1980, were 18-36 mg per day. More recent data, which are probably more accurate, indicate intakes of 9 mg per day for teenage and adult females and 12-14 mg per day for teenage and adult males."

    There are lots of other journal entries also and you can read their abstracts.

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    1. re: seamunky

      Thank you for the link. I appreciate your help. I saw some foods listed that may be contributing to the problem. Hopefully, we can figure this out soon.