September 4, 2019
We are all eating around 73,000 tiny bits of plastic every year through our food and drink, according to a new study.
These are inadvertently entering our mouths, guts and faeces as scientists discover that an average daily motion contains 200 pieces of microplastics.
Researchers found that bottled water may be one of the biggest sources of the microparticles – which may endanger health.
Microplastics are also abundant in marine life that eat rubbish dumped in the sea before making their way onto our plates.
On average they found 20 pieces of microplasic per ten grams of human stool.
Plastics were found in every human stool sample taken from participants across the world – including the UK.
Lead researcher Dr Philipp Schwabl, of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria, said: ‘This is the first study of its kind.
‘It confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut.’
Microplastics include broken-down plastic waste, synthetic fibres and beads found in personal hygiene products.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 2:26 am