Aluminum is found in products that contain food. Some of the products are used by all of us every day. Aluminum cans that contain beer and soda pop are the most common. Due to this contact, aluminum from the cans is absorbed, through the digestive system. Aluminum being carcinogenic, accumulates in the body and is partly responsible, for some forms of cancer. Prostate and lung cancer are among them.
Another source of aluminum is in pots and pans. These cooking utensils contain aluminum in varying amounts. When cooking foods, aluminum tends to leach out into foods and is therefore ingested, without notice.
Aluminum is a dull silvery metal that resists some forms of corrosion even at high temperatures and for this reason, it is also used in commercial and industrial applications. Other important uses are in metal plating and coins. Some aluminum compounds can cause cancer, if the dust is inhaled, and some individuals are allergic to contact with the metal. Aluminum cannot be avoided because we take in some aluminum compounds with our diet.
The most abundant of metals. A lot of energy is needed to extract it from its ores. However, this is worthwhile because it does not rust and is easy to recycle. It is lightweight but tough and is widely used for window frames, aircraft parts, engines, kegs, cooking oil, drinks cans, etc. Foods with above average amounts of aluminium are tea, processed cheese, lentils and sponge cakes (where it comes from the rising agent). Cooking in aluminium pans does not greatly increase the amount in our diet except when cooking acid foods such as rhubarb. Some indigestion tablets are pure aluminium hydroxide.
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