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Are Tin Foil and Aluminum Foil the Same

Publish: Modify: Jan 15, 2020Author: From:  Haomei

Tin foil and aluminum foil are completely different, but in many regions, aluminum is still referred to tin foil. Why and what are their differences? Learn more.

Are tin foil and aluminum foil the same

They are completely two different items. Tin foil is a thin leaf of tin which was commericially available before the appearance of aluminium foil. Tin foil is stiffer than aluminium foil. Because of corrosion resistance, oxidation resistance, availability and low cost, tin foil was commonly used in the late 19th century and early 20 century.

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Aluminum foil paper
is produced by rolling aluminum. Aluminium foil paper is an important industrial material, which is manly used in packaging, household goods and construction. Gradually aluminum foil replaces tin foil in daily life after the price of aluminum foil dropped. Another reason is that the tin foil has the disadvantage of retaining tin smell in food.

In many regions, people like to refer to the new product by the name of the old one. Therefore, aluminium foil is still referred to as "tin foil". So if a customer say they want to buy tin foil, you need to make sure it again.

Tin Foil vs Aluminum Foil

Their appearance and physical properties are different. tin foil looks much brighter than aluminum foil, but the ductility of tin is very poor, and it breaks as soon as it is pulled.


The aluminum foil is relatively stiff and easy to cut. It is mostly used in roll packaging, which is cheaper, and it has gradually become the mainstream in the market.

Using tips of aluminum tin foil

Aluminum tin foil is safe to wrap or cook food, but there are one tip we should pay attention to. If seasoning sauce or lemon is added to the ingredients, the acidic substances in it will precipitate the tin and aluminum of aluminum tin foil, which will be mixed into the food and absorbed by the human body. That may cause tin and aluminum poisoning in consumers.



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