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Paul Osborn
(bcoutdoors) - F
aluminum 1liter pot - 4.5 oz on 06/11/2011 08:19:51 MDT Print View

So down here in Bolivia I've come across some various locally made aluminum thin walled pots. There's a 1 liter pot at 4.4 oz with lid and bail. I also bought a 2.5 liter pot at 7.85 oz with lid and bail.

What's the general consensus on aluminum pots like this? Toxicity studies were unclear last time I looked. I've picked up two and am thinking about using them for some group cooking this summer. I really can't beat the price right now ($2 for the 1L and about $4 for the 2.5L).

Walter Carrington
(Snowleopard) - M

Locale: Mass.
Re: aluminum 1liter pot - 4.5 oz on 06/11/2011 08:55:05 MDT Print View

Years ago in Peru, there were good cheap light aluminum pots that I used hiking for a long time. They're great bargains. The alzheimer's aluminum link has been pretty much proven to not exist. Acidic foods (like tomato sauce) will pick up a metallic taste if left in these pots too long.

Mark Shane
(drshane) - MLife

Locale: Northwest Wyoming
proceed with caution on 06/11/2011 22:23:41 MDT Print View

Some people are more sensitive to aluminum toxicity than others. As a clinician, I see this on a regular basis. From my point of view, aluminum is not worth the risk for cooking or storing food.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: proceed with caution on 06/12/2011 05:00:15 MDT Print View

Healthy persons with normal kidney function have no risk of aluminum toxicity from aluminum cookware.


"Dietary aluminum is ubiquitous but in such small quantities that it is not a significant source of concern in persons with normal elimination capacity. Urban water supplies may contain a greater concentration because water is usually treated with aluminum before becoming part of the supply...

In healthy subjects, only 0.3% of orally administered aluminum is absorbed via the GI tract and the kidneys effectively eliminate aluminum from the human body. It is only when the GI barrier is bypassed, such as intravenous infusion or in the presence of advanced renal dysfunction, that aluminum has the potential to accumulate...

Aluminum toxicity is usually found in patients with impaired renal function."

Mark Shane
(drshane) - MLife

Locale: Northwest Wyoming
I get it on 06/12/2011 08:13:24 MDT Print View

I totally get what you are saying. I have read all the science too. My comments come from the POV of a clinician and the patients I see.

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor) - M

Locale: Northwest US
Aluminum Toxicity on 06/12/2011 17:37:12 MDT Print View

Mark, I'm interested in your observations. Do you mean that you see a significant number of patients with elevated aluminum levels in the blood and signs of aluminum toxicity? What population do they come from? Are you a primary care physician?

I don't mean for this to sound like an interrogation. Your experiences would be a good source of information about this topic, I think.