A lot has changed since aluminum arrived on the scene back in 1910, after the first aluminum foil rolling plant opened in Emmishofen, Switzerland. The first use of foil in the United States came about in 1913, when it was used to wrap Life Savers, candy bars, and gum. Eventually, aluminum foil made its way into American kitchens as a way to bake fish or roast vegetables on the barbecue.

自1910年起苏格兰的Emmishofen首个铝箔轧制厂建立,铝材就逐渐走进我们的生活,也使我们的生活发生了很大变化。美国第一次使用铝箔是在大约1913年,当时它的用途是包裹救生圈、单独包装方糖和口香糖。现在铝箔已经以起独特的方式进入了美国厨房-用来当烧烤时烤鱼和蔬菜的烤盘。

And we’re using tons of it-so much that experts are getting concerned. Because according to research, some of the foil used in cooking, baking, and grilling leaches into your food, which can pose health problems over time.

我们使用了数已吨计的铝箔,专家们也开始关注到这一点。根据研究,一些用来烹饪、烘焙和烧烤的铝箔会渗透到我们的食物中,由此引致一些健康问题。

According to the World Health Organization, human bodies are capable of properly releasing small amounts of aluminum efficiently, so it’s considered safe to ingest 40mg per kilogram of body weight of aluminum per day. Unfortunately, most people are ingesting far more than this.

根据世界卫生组织的数据,人体有能力自排少量的铝,所以人们认为相对人的体重,每天摄入四十毫克是很安全的。然而不幸的是,大多数人日摄入的铝含量远远高于这个水平。

Scientists have been looking at the potential threat that overexposure to aluminum may have on human health for years, and have found some disturbing results. For example, researchers have found high concentrations of aluminum in the brain tissue of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also found that high aluminum intake may be linked to a reduction in the growth rate of human cells, and may be potentially harmful for patients with bone diseases or renal impairment.

科学家在过度摄入铝对人类健康造成的威胁方面研究多年,并发现了一些令人不安的结果。例如,研究人员发现阿兹海默症病人的脑部有高浓度的侣。研究同样发现过度摄入铝也与人体细胞生长速度减缓有关,也可能对那些骨病患者或肾脏损伤的人带来更坏的影响。

So should you stop cooking with aluminum foil? It seems the general consensus is that we should, at the very least, cut way back.

所以你是不是也应该停止使用铝箔做饭呢?最起码我们应该减少使用。

For grilling veggies, you can get a stainless steel grilling basket, or even reusable skewers. Use a glass pan when roasting veggies in the oven; use a stainless steel cookie sheet under baking potatoes as opposed to aluminum foil to catch the mess; and even try replacing foil with banana leaves when wrapping foods for baking!

烧烤蔬菜,你可以用不锈钢的篮子或者能重复使用的签子。在烤箱中炙烤蔬菜时可以使用玻璃锅;烤土豆时下面可以放置不锈钢架子,不要用铝箔包上后去烘烤,当然你也可以试着用香蕉叶代替铝箔来包裹要炙烤的食物。