Aluminum is the third most abundant element after oxygen and silicon, and it is the most abundant metal, making up almost 9 percent of the earth's crust. Aluminum is found in plants, soil, water and air. Most plants have low quantities of aluminum, but a few are known to be aluminum accumulators, including some types of tea plants, grasses and orchids.
Aluminum is used extensively in various ways:
Reviewed by Paul A. Offit, MD, Heather Monk Bodenstab, PharmD on March 22, 2018
- Aluminum can be found in food-related products including pots and pans; storage containers, such as beverage cans; and foil.
- Aluminum is found in numerous foods and beverages including fruits and vegetables, beer and wine, seasonings, flour, cereals, nuts, dairy products, baby formulas, and honey. Typically, adults ingest 7 to 9 milligrams of aluminum per day.
- Aluminum is used for manufacturing of airplanes, siding, roofing materials, paints, pigments, fuels and cigarette filters.
- Aluminum is found in health products including antacids, buffered aspirin, antiperspirants and some vaccines.