Many everyday food products have been found to contain microplastics, often due to environmental contamination or food processing and packaging. Here are some common items that likely contain microplastics:

  1. Drinking water:

  • Bottled water has been shown to contain high levels of microplastics.
  • Tap water also contains microplastics, though generally at lower levels than bottled water.
  1. Seafood:

  • Fish and shellfish are significant sources of dietary microplastics due to ocean pollution.
  • An average person may consume about 53,864 microplastic particles annually from seafood.
  1. Fruits and vegetables:

  • Plants can absorb microplastics through their roots.
  • Apples and carrots are among the most contaminated, with over 100,000 microplastics per gram.
  1. Salt:

  • Most table salt brands contain microplastics.
  • An average adult may consume around 2,000 microplastic particles per year from salt alone.
  1. Beer:

  • Contains about 28 microplastic particles per liter, more than soda or energy drinks.
  1. Tea:

  • Plastic tea bags can release billions of micro- and nanoplastic particles into a single cup.
  1. Processed foods:

  • Highly processed products like chicken nuggets, plant-based burgers, and tofu tend to have higher levels of microplastics.
  1. Packaged foods:

  • Foods stored in plastic packaging are likely to contain microplastics.
  1. Rice and honey:

  • These common staples have also been found to contain microplastics.

The sources of microplastics in food are varied:

  • Environmental pollution (air, water, soil)
  • Food processing equipment and machinery
  • Plastic packaging
  • Agricultural practices (e.g., use of sewage sludge as fertilizer)

Insiders Health Tip

To reduce microplastic intake, experts recommend:

  • Choosing fresh, unprocessed foods when possible
  • Avoiding plastic packaging where feasible
  • Using glass or stainless steel containers
  • Filtering drinking water
  • Opting for loose-leaf tea instead of bagged tea

While it’s challenging to completely avoid microplastics in food, being aware of their sources and making informed choices can help reduce exposure.

References:

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/microplastics-food

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/22/health/plastics-food-wellness-scn/index.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/04/22/health/plastics-food-wellness-scn/index.html

https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news/2024/03/new-study-links-microplastics-serious-health-harms-humans

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