We Consume A Lot Of Plastic And That Can Not Be Good

June 14, 2019

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Plastic has been a news headline for quite some time and it is just about everywhere, including your body.  A new study found that the average person swallows about 50,000 pieces of plastic per year. That’s between 126 and 142 tiny particles of plastic every day. But it isn't just what we're eating, another 132-170 plastic bits daily are inhaled into our lungs too! But if ingesting more than 50,000 pieces of plastic per year isn't alarming enough, the true number is likely much higher. Micro plastics, which are pieces or fibers of plastic smaller than 5 mm (about the size of a grain of rice), are a growing area of research in the scientific community, and have been found in fish, water, table salt and many more places, including human stool, in one small study. The researchers only looked at a small number of foods and drinks but did conclude drinking bottled water drastically increases the amount of micro plastics you consume. While you may try to reduce your plastic intake by not drinking from plastic bottles or eschewing plastic cutlery, you can't avoid it and that is the scariest news in this report. Researchers reviewed 26 previous studies that analyzed the amounts of micro plastic particles in fish, shellfish, added sugars, salts, alcohol, tap or bottled water, and air. They then extrapolated U.S. dietary guidelines to calculate how many particle people would eat annually. So, how dangerous is all this plastic in us? The jury is still out, but some pieces are small enough to enter human tissue. Once there, they are able to trigger immune reactions or release toxins, according to the American Chemical Society. And, the evidence on animals isn't promising — studies show plastics in the ocean harm marine life, slow growth rates, and lower reproductive rates. Two ubiquitous plastics, BPA and phthalates, have been linked to lower sperm counts and decreases in male testosterone levels. However it isn't all doom and gloom. The recent move to remove plastic from daily life can have a big impact on how much plastic is taken into our bodies.

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SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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