This metal is toxic to the brain and when foods are cooked in aluminum pots and pans, aluminum is absorbed into the foods. Many researchers believe that chronic exposure to aluminum contributes to neurological disorders, particularly dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. I believe the manufacturing industry is well aware of this fact but as usual, greed in the U.S. often takes precedence over health. The sale of aluminum cookware is banned in many countries including Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, and Switzerland. Most professional chefs use stainless steel, copper, or cast iron. When shopping, avoid cookware labeled “anodized” or “calphalon” which is aluminum in disguise.