The diets of over 30 percent of Chinese people contains more than the recommended amount of aluminium, researchers have announced.
According to the Shanghai Daily, around 40 percent of the excess aluminium is found in flour-based foods, due to baking powders used to make flour products look and taste better.
While the World Health Organization recommends a weekly intake of no more than 2 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, 32.5 percent Chinese people ingest levels above this, researchers found.
Some 44 percent of the excess amount comes from flour, followed by steamed bread (24 percent) and fried dough sticks (10 percent) — a traditional snack for breakfast.
People in northern China — who traditionally prefer flour-based products such as noodles — absorb four times as much [aluminium] as those in the south, the study found.
Northern Chinese have an average [aluminium] consumption of 2.9mg/kg of body weight — almost 1.5 times the recommended amount.
The China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment aims to reduce average weekly intake of aluminium to less than 0.8mg per kilo of body weight.
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