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Aluminum Cookware Health Risks

Updated April 17, 2017

In 2008, plastic water bottle manufacturers were trying to quell outraged customers who had been informed that trace amounts of carbonate plastic bisphenol-a (BPA) were leaching into the water. Although aluminium cookware also leaches hazardous chemicals into food and drinks, consumers have not yet boycotted the product. In fact, Helen Suh MacIntosh, an Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Exposure Assessment at Harvard University's School of Public Health, claims that more than half of all cookware is made of aluminium.

Patients with Kidney Disease

If you have already been diagnosed with kidney disease, it is in your best interest to stay away from aluminium cookware. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, people suffering from kidney disease are unable to expel the aluminium from the body. This causes the aluminium to build up in the body, which can lead to brain and bone diseases.

Pregnant and Lactating Women

According to a report published in "The Internet Journal of Toxicology" in 2006, aluminium ingested by a mother can negatively impact the brain development of her child. For this reason, many pregnant and lactating women are wary of vaccinations and deodorant, which can both contain aluminium. However, concerned mothers should also be aware of the type of cookware they are using in their homes.

People Concerned About Osteoporosis

Dr. Anita Pepi, who is currently a practitioner in Los Angeles, asserts that aluminium can render the body incapable of absorbing calcium. Even more frightening, aluminium can draw calcium out of your bones, making them weaker. Though other factors contribute to your risk of developing osteoporosis, a lack of calcium plays a large role.

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About the Author

Samantha Herman earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her professional writing career started in 2008, when she accepted an internship at "Willamette Week," a local alternative publication. Upon completing her internship, she became employed as a copywriter for an internet media company. In addition to copywriting, she has written articles for PDX Pipeline and eHow.