Sea Salt Contain High Levels Of Microplastics

June 11, 2018

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No doubt that sea salt has become a favorite in the kitchen and it appears that sea salt may contain an alarming amount of microplastics.  A study found that one kilogram of sea salt can contain as many as 600 microplastics.  That means if you consume the daily recommended amount of salt, which is 5 grams, you’re ingesting about three microplastics per day. Even more alarming, this particular study didn't sort out and count all the microplastics it found in sea salt individually. Instead, the results merely represent an estimate based on the proportion of particles that were recovered. So the actual number of microplastics might be even larger than the 600 that were concluded in this study. Microplastic pollution isn't just reserved to the sea, however. It has been found to enter the food chain on land, too. Honey and beer have been shown to contain unusually high amounts of the stuff, and plastics have even been found at frightening levels among common indoor dust, where it settles on our food and in our kitchens and ends up in our bodies through consumption that way. Ingesting microplastics could cause a number of potentially harmful effects since microplastics generally repel water and will bind to toxins that don't dissolve. So microplastics can bind to compounds containing toxic metals such as mercury, and organic pollutants such as some pesticides and chemicals called dioxins, which are known to causes cancer, as well as reproductive and developmental problems. You can cut your exposure risks by returning to using table salt, which is typically mined from underground salt deposits. The study highlights part of the plastic pollution problem that many say is at an epidemic level.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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