- Mar 21, 2020
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FYI: Plastics are in our foods. So, it's best to try to avoid things that contains them.
Tea BagsDid you know that as of 2018 over 95% of tea bags contain plastic?
Tinned FoodsMost cans in 2018 are lined with BPA, the plastic chemical that has been linked to cancer, obesity and other serious health conditions. This plastic leaches into the contents of the food and is a source of microplastics in the average person’s diet.
Plastic BottlesMost bottled water is sold in disposable plastic bottles. These leach microplastic and other chemicals into the water. Bottled water is often sitting in plastic for months and filled just after the plastic bottle is created and is off-gassing chemicals.
Ready Meals and Food PackagingMost ready meals are served in plastic packaging as of 2018. This potentially leaches microplastics both into the food during manufacturing and when the plastic containers are microwaved/oven baked.
SaltAs seas are gradually getting polluted with microplastics it’s no surprise that sea salt is often contaminated. Studies have shown that 1KG of sea salt can contain over 600 microplastics.
Fish and SeafoodThe oceans now contain a significant amount of microplastics that are invisible to the human eye. This plastic has been found in just about all fish and seafood. Fish have been shown to mistake plastic for food and accidentally eat it.
The Bottom Line
- The biggest causes of microplastics are usually seafood, bottled drinks and food packaging.
- Microplastics floating around your home can land on food and be eaten.
- Simple steps to reduce microplastic include changing brands of salt and tea bags.
- Avoiding plastic packaging is an effective way to reduce plastic in the environment and the food supply.
- Long-term effects of microplastics in our diet are unknown but test tube studies suggest it’s harmful.
- It’s best to minimise the amount of plastic in our diet while ongoing studies are carried out.