This little story goes a long way! As a child, I always wondered why grandma’s aluminium cooking pots turned ugly after being used for some time! These vessels would get defaced with tiny black depressions and marks on the inner sides. That never stopped granny from using aluminium though! She would go to the market and buy new pots. She also had steel and earthen cookware but she always felt aluminium pots heated faster and cooked faster.
Why aluminium is bad for you!
Those little black marks on the vessels are great causes for concern, though. It shows how reactive this metal is! Aluminium reacts immediately with acidic and alkaline food matter to form toxic compounds that leach into your food. Try cooking tomatoes, curd or tamarind in an aluminium vessel or sauté onions with a few tomatoes in an aluminium kadhai. You will see how the surface changes form after a few uses. Sometimes, the reaction is so extreme that the taste of food gets altered.
Now for a few startling facts!
Harmful effects of aluminium
Modern times have seen the decline of pure aluminium pots and pans. However, we still use a lot of aluminium for food storage. Aluminium foil wrapping, soda cans, soft drink cans, frozen and processed food containers…the list is endless. In fact, we use aluminium foil quite casually, for baking, packing food for our little ones etc., without thinking twice!
Aluminium compounds directly target your nervous system. Prolonged consumption of aluminium compounds can speed the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other debilitating conditions. This metal slows mental growth in children. It accumulates in various organs, causing illnesses in the long run.
So what kind of aluminium cookware is safe?
if you insist on using aluminium cookware, go for hard anodised aluminium cookware as the aluminium is well sealed inside a smooth and hard coating that won’t corrode easily. This prevents aluminium leaching into food to a huge extent.
Though it is impossible to root out aluminium totally from your lifestyle, try your best to avoid using it for cooking and food storage. So now it is soft drinks from tetra packs instead of cans for me! I use stainless steel tiffin boxes to pack food for kids. Aluminium foil is a strict NO in my kitchen. In fact these 7 super tips to replace aluminium foil in your kitchen are quite interesting! Do check them out!
Let me know if you know any more methods of cooking and baking sans aluminium foil! Would love to hear from you!