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Baked Goods Are A Serious Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

Aluminum In Food Alzheimer's Disease Diet Nutrition

You would never think that something as enjoyable as a cookie, a pastry or a stack of pancakes could devastate your brain over time, but it's possible. These products contain high amounts of aluminum -- the heavy metal responsible for the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.


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Alzheimers Disease More Common Than Ever

Alzheimer's disease is a slowly progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by symptoms like impairment of memory and eventually by disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, and perception.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing — and growing fast. Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

Alzheimers Disease Caused By Heavy Metals

It has long been known that Alzheimer’s disease and early onset dementia is generally caused by heavy metals, namely, aluminum, that accumulates over time, settle in the brain, alloy, then bleed to impair memory and reasoning later in life.

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Alzheimer's Is A Diet=Related Disease?

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A study published in the Journal Food Additives and Contaminants determined the aluminum content of selected processed foods and food products in the USA which contain aluminum as an approved food additive.

Intake of aluminum from the labeled serving size of each food product was calculated. The samples were acid or base digested and analyzed for aluminum using electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry-- a graphite-coated furnace to vaporize the sample.

Quality control samples were generated and used to verify the aluminum content.

Food product aluminum content ranged from less than 1–27,000 mg . Cheese in a serving of frozen pizzas had up to 14 mg of aluminum, from basic sodium aluminum phosphate; whereas the same amount of cheese in a ready-to-eat restaurant pizza provided 0.03–0.09 mg. Many single serving packets of non-dairy creamer had ∼50–600 mg aluminum as sodium aluminosilicate, providing up to 1.5 mg aluminum per serving. Many single serving packets of salt also had sodium aluminosilicate as an additive, but the aluminum content was less in single-serving non-dairy creamer packets.

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Baked Goods Particularly High In Aluminum

Alarmingly, acidic sodium aluminum phosphate was present in many food products, such as pancakes and waffles. Baking powder, some pancake/waffle mixes and frozen products, and ready-to-eat pancakes provided the most aluminum of the foods tested; up to 180 mg/serving.

Researchers concluded that many products provide a significant amount of aluminum compared to the typical intake of 3–12 mg/day reported from dietary aluminum studies conducted in many countries.