Getting aluminum out of your diet is one of the best things you may do for yourself and your loved ones! Aluminum is linked cancer, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure and inflammatory based diseases such as MS, gout, arthritis and Crohn’s.
Most table salt contains aluminum in the form of calcium silicate, which is an anti-caking agent so the salt will pour. Last week we talked in Health News about how salt is good for you, but it is important to try to find salt that does not contain the anti-caking agent calcium silicate. I buy fine sea salt crystals from Trader Joe’s and the only ingredient listed is SEA SALT. It comes from Spain and naturally contains iodide and magnesium. It has no aluminum calcium silicate anti-caking agent and pours fine without it.
Aluminum causes inflammation and also high blood pressure. All these years – has it been the aluminum calcium silicate in the salt that has increased some people’s blood pressure and not the salt itself? Apparently the high blood pressure that results from aluminum is the hardest high blood pressure to correct.
Another way to get aluminum out of your diet is to purchasealuminum free baking powder. Regular baking powder contains aluminum and this is why if too much is used in baking, your muffins may have a metallic taste. Look for and purchase aluminum free baking powder and if you cannot find it, ask your grocer to carry it. Baking powder that contains aluminum is used in cake mixes (as is soy), self rising flour, baking mixes, frozen pancakes, waffles and many other prepared foods.
Soy contains high levels of aluminum, so try to avoid ALL soy. This sounds easier than it is, since although you may not eat tofu or drink soy milk, soy is in virtually all processed and prepared food: mixes, dough, bread, crackers, snack food, mayonnaise (even with olive oil), salad dressings, sauces, pizza, frozen food and all vegetable oil is soybean oil!
Cooking from scratch protects you from a lot of unwanted ingredients and ALWAYS tastes better than any mix you can make. The Saints recipes I have on this site and in my cookbook help you learn how to cook from scratch and use healthy ingredients that also taste great!