High aluminium levels found in store bought baked goods
You heard me right, high levels of aluminium were found in all the samples of cakes, slices, scones and muffins tested in the most recent Total Diet Study! The study raised concerns about the aluminium intake exceeding safe levels for teenage girls, children, toddlers and infants as they were shown to eat more baked goods than other groups.
The major culprit for the high levels of aluminium was found to be aluminium based raising agents used in the manufacturing of these commonly eaten baked goods.
Why should we be concerned?
Aluminium is well know neurotoxin that has been shown to accumulate in the body, particularly in the brain. Unlike many other abundant compounds found on earth Aluminium is not an essential element for life and in-fact disrupts more than 200 biologically important functions and causes various adverse effects in plants, animals, and humans.
It has been has been associated with Alzhimers disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), Guillain–Barré disease (GBD), multiple sclerosis, and Gulf War syndrome (GWS) in humans.
What do to?
I would highly recommend making your own baked goods and ensuring the baking soda and powder you are using is aluminium free. We want to aim to reduce our intake if aluminium given we are exposed from so many other different sources such as our in our air, water, soil, food and cosmetics.