Debra Lynn Dadd

Is Armetale Serveware safe?

QUESTION:

Hi Debra,

Do you know anything about this product?:

www.armetale.com/index.php?pID=59

I generally stay away from anything aluminum but a friend has a whole collection of these and loves them - and the site says it is a blend of 10 metals, predominately a "non-toxic aluminum alloy".

I'm curious to see what you have to say! Thanks, Sarah

POSTED BY SARAH :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 11/23/2009 2:54 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

The website also says: "ARMETALE products are crafted from a non-toxic aluminum-based alloy. ARMETALEmetal has been analyzed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an independent third party laboratory and conforms to guidelines for the safe handling of food and beverages."

They don't list what the other metals are, but the alloy may stabilize the aluminum so that it doesn't leach. I called their Customer Service and asked outright if it leached aluminum and was told that it meets FDA guidelines, this product has been around for more than 100 years, it's tested regularly and there are no harmful metals in it. Then she said, "People's main concern about aluminum is Alzheimer's and studies have shown that Alzheimer's is not associated with aluminum exposure." She never actually answered my question about leaching aluminum.

I have no reason to believe there is any harm, I am just cautious about anything metal touching food at this point.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

My mother has a set and uses them daily. There are, however, certain family members who do not like them or use them when they are here. I was more comfortable when they were used occasionaly rather than daily.

Ironically, I stopped using or even handwashing the alternative of the china dishes. The china is used in the bedroom of someone whose room smells like a perfumery and the fragrance has permeated the china. Mix that with hot water and I almost passed out.

I don't agree with the comment about aluminum not being linked to Alzheimers. Metals are harmful to health and that includes the brain.

POSTED BY LAURA :: MAINE USA :: 11/27/2009 4:55 PM


I am now 78 years old and I have used aluminum and stainless steel pots and pans to cook my food almost since I was a teenager. I am still very alert, reading, doing my own taxes, etc. very healthy and do not have any health problems. However, I also do physical exercises everyday like walking, yard work, etc. so I don't think aluminum causes Alzheimer or stainless steel causes any other diseases. However, I have just bought two Crockpot slow cookers (2-quart white and 5-quart black) and I am worried about the lead in these two cookers and have not tried to cook anything in them until I found out more about the lead in them.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I just want to say, my great-uncle Charles smoked and drank alcohol his whole adult life and lived to be 99. He didn't die of lung cancer or liver failure, just old age. I think it's really important to consider both the inherent toxicity of something and it's potential for causing health problems, and one's own individual body. Just because cigarettes didn't cause cancer in my uncle's body doesn't mean they won't cause cancer in someone else's body.

Over the years, I've come to the decision personally to choose products with no known or questionable health effects, since there are so many to choose from. This is known as "the Precautionary Principle".

I do want to note that my great-uncle started his life in the late 1800s, when the indoor air quality and quality of food was very different. He had a better start than most of us alive today. I think it's great that you are 78 years old and have used these metal pots and pans most of your life with no problems. But I also think you were able to do that because early in your life you had fewer toxic exposures that most people living today.


POSTED BY KATHY :: TEXAS USA :: 12/22/2009 3:06 AM


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