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Dull or shiny? Which side of the foil should be used for food packaging

Experts explain whether it makes a difference which side of food foil to use. Source: Created with the help of AI

One of the most effective and safe ways to store food is to wrap it in foil and then in containers. It is in this form that it retains its freshness longer. But do you know which side of the foil should be used?

Some people think that the shiny side is safer, while others argue that it is better to turn the material with the dull side toward the food. OBOZ.UA tried to put an end to the discussion by asking the opinion of experts.

As it turned out, the difference in the texture of different sides of food foil arises due to the peculiarities of the technological process of its manufacture. This feature does not affect the safety of the material. Health authorities do not have specific recommendations on which side of the foil to use.

Using the dull or shiny side of aluminum foil for packaging or cooking does not affect the nutritional value or composition of the food. Therefore, you can return it as you find it and not worry about the safety of the material.

The main potential health risks may be associated with the penetration of aluminum from the foil into the food. But food foil is chemically neutral, so such an exchange is virtually impossible. Therefore, it is safe to use it both at low and high temperatures.

If you still want to protect yourself even from the potential penetration of aluminum into food, wrap food and dishes first in parchment and then in foil. You can also insulate food in the same way when baking in the oven.

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