My father and step-mother have decided that processed cheese singles are evil because they contain aluminium. I can find no evidence anywhere to suggest that they do (other than unsupported claims in some woo-woo Alternative Health websites) and the little evidence I *could *find about aluminium consumption in generic foods seems to indicate that it’s pretty hard for the human body to absorb any significant amounts via normal food intake.
However, I also can’t find any information specifically refuting the claim, either - which seems a little surprising, since when I mentioned this latest ‘naughty food’ at work, a couple of people replied with variations on “Sure, that’s common knowledge”. Apparently not ‘common’ enough for me to find it easily with a Google search, but then again, I’d be lying if I said my Google-fu had never failed me.
Anyway, I’d really like to take ‘processed cheese’ off the list of evil stuff I need to take out of my fridge every time they come to stay, because frankly, I like the stuff. (This may, in itself, be proof that cheese singles are evil.)
Can anyone give me the Straight Dope on this one? Is there undisclosed aluminium in cheese singles? Is it going to send me (more) insane? I really can’t imagine that processed cheese is a death trap in disguise (other than Death by Obesity, ultimately, perhaps) but if anyone can come up with a cite that suggests it is, I’ll (reluctantly) consider [del]removing it[/del] cutting back.