You will be surprised to learn which foods have the most plastic

2024-04-23 11:06:23Lifestyle SHKRUAR NGA REDAKSIA VOX

Ninety percent of animal and plant protein samples tested positive for microplastics according to a February 2024 study. Not even vegetarians can escape, according to a 2021 study. If the plastic is small enough, fruits and vegetables can absorb microplastics through their root systems and transfer those chemical parts to the plant's stems, leaves, seeds, and fruits.

Salt can be packed in plastic. A 2023 study found that Himalayan coarse pink salt mined from the ground had the most microplastics, followed by black salt and sea salt. Sugar is also an important route of human exposure to these micropollutants, according to a 2022 study. Even tea bags, many of which are made of plastic, can release large amounts of plastic.

You may be surprised, but even rice is part of the foods that have plastic. A University of Queensland study found that for every 100 grams (1/2 cup) of rice people eat, they consume three to four milligrams of plastic. (You can reduce plastic pollution by up to 40% by washing rice). Let's not forget bottled water. According to a March 2024 study, one liter of water contained an average of 240,000 plastic particles from seven types of plastic, including nanoplastics.

According to a recent analysis, there are a staggering number of plastics in the world today: 16,000 plastic chemicals, with at least 4,200 of them considered very dangerous to human health and the environment. As these chemicals break down in the environment, they can turn into microplastics and then nanoplastics.

A March 2024 study found that people with microplastics or nanoplasty in their neck arteries were twice as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die of any cause over the next three years than people who had none. Nanoplastics are the most worrying type of plastic pollution for human health, experts say. This is because small particles can invade individual cells and tissues in major organs.

As science learns more about the plastics we consume, there are things people can do to reduce their exposure, according to experts:

· Try to avoid eating anything that has been stored in a plastic container. Look for food stored in glass or foil.

· Wear clothing made from natural fabrics and buy consumer products made from natural materials.

· Do not microwave food in plastic containers. Instead, heat food on the stove or by microwaving it in a glass.

· If you can, eat as much fresh food as possible and limit the purchase of processed and ultra-processed foods wrapped in plastic.