Have you ever thought that you can unknowingly add large amounts of plastic to your family’s diet and in the form of small microfiber particles, the equivalent of a bank card enters the body every week?
This is correct. Many daily habits related to the preparation and preparation of food make us consume constant amounts of invisible plastic particles that accumulate in the internal systems of the body and threaten public health with many risks.
A growing global consumption of plastics
The first synthetic type of plastic was developed in 1907. Since then, mankind has produced increasing amounts of plastic and uses it for almost anything and everything.
In 1950, for example, two million tons of plastic were produced. Then, in 2019 alone, that number jumped to 368 million tonnes, according to the Plastic Soup Foundation website for environment and sustainability. With global plastic production expected to grow to around 600 million tonnes by 2025. This is almost double the total weight of the world’s population today.
And if you look closely, you will find that you use plastics heavily in the preparation, preparation and storage of food, as these materials have penetrated almost everything from kitchen utensils.
The problem does not stop at this large amount of plastic in the environment, which decomposes into small non-degradable atoms; In fact, it has gotten to the point where people consume millions of tiny pieces of these dangerous substances as they have reached almost everything in our lives, from the seas and oceans to our digestive system. But how exactly does this happen and how do you do it every day in the kitchen without knowing it?
Nylon paper and plastic cups
According to a recent study published in the Journal of National Geographic, the average modern adult eats 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles a year, and this is either due to plastic food wrappers and fast food on the market, or because of daily habits of cooking and food preparation. .
The study’s authors from the American Chemical Society reported that plastics in nylon cooking bags and plastic-lined cardboard cups release trillions of nanoparticles into every liter of water they come in contact with, whether hot or cold.
Among these sources, nylon cooking bags, which can make life in the kitchen much easier, are ideal for keeping food moist in the oven or for simplifying slow cooking recipes.
Countless homes rely on food grade nylon to keep it in refrigerators so it is not exposed to dehydration and damage.
Likewise, plastic-coated glasses, usually designed for single-use, are subconsciously an excellent source of plastic for hot drinks.
The plastic lid that covers the paper cups keeps your coffee hot while preventing possible leaks, but at the same time reacts with the hot boiling vapors to release plastic nanoparticles that drip back into the beverage and eventually consume it.
Despite these numerous and practical benefits in the daily routine of storing and consuming food and beverages, these plastic materials are the most prominent source of countless plastic nanoparticles in our stomach. It does not stop there.
Dangers of food heat dishes
How many times have you reheated food in a container or plastic dish in the microwave to save time and a new dish to add to the tedious daily chores of washing dishes?
In fact, using plastic materials to heat drinks and food in the microwave or oven, even for short periods of time, releases large amounts of plastic and other ingredients that eventually mix with our food and drink, called dioxins.
Potential threat of cancer
“Dioxins are by-products of a number of processes, one of which is combustion,” said Rolf Halden, an assistant professor at the Center for Water and Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
So when we burn something, we produce dioxins that are released into the air and pollute the environment again after it rains. Because humans are at the top of the predatory food pyramid, we consume these compounds when we eat contaminated water, animals, and plants.
“Once dioxins enter our body, they accumulate in adipose tissue,” Halden explains, and they usually stay there for years because they are difficult to break down. After all, dioxins can cause a long list of health problems.
According to the US National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, “Exposure to high levels of dioxin increases the risk of cancer.”
Also, exposure to dioxins for a long period of time can lead to reproductive and developmental problems.
However, some studies consider that heating food and beverages in plastic containers and containers will not necessarily produce these hazardous compounds, and therefore the risks of exposure through this process remain limited and not hazardous to human health.
So at the moment, modern science is still far from determining the health impact of these plastic nanoparticles on humans when ingested. Indeed, researchers acknowledge that we are not yet technically ready to tackle this great challenge.
By simply avoiding some of the aforementioned daily habits while cooking and preparing food, you can avoid the millions of microplastics that remain forever in your family’s body.