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What Types of Gold Leafs Are There, and Where to Buy Gold Leaf?

There are two different types of gold leafs: genuine gold leafs and imitation gold leafs. The imitation gold leafs are made from mixed alloys such as zinc, copper, and aluminium and thus are toxic and harmful. Therefore, they are not to be consumed by humans.

The genuine gold leafs, although they are made from genuine gold (real gold) however, they are made for two different industries:

one is the industrial sector, usually used by gilders to gild furniture, picture frames and valuable objects. It is essential to know that they are made in a factory that lubricates their machines with industrial oil; therefore, they are too toxic and harmful for your body when consumed. Unfortunately, there are those who sell these gold leafs as edible 24k; this is a misleading claim.

However, these genuine gold leaf manufacturers also produce edible gold leaf for the hospitality and cosmetics industries. However, these genuine gold leafs are made with strict hygiene standards, and all the machines are lubricated using vegetable oils instead of industrial oils. In addition, the staff are trained for health and safety standards.

Moreover, both the United States and the European Union authorised these types of genuine gold leaf for human consumption under food colouring # E175 and the genuine silver leaf under food colouring # E174). The leafs are so thin that they will disintegrate in your mouth instantly.

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