Sea salt is considered useful due to the high content of trace elements necessary for health. However, new studies show that it also contains a dangerous amount of microplastic particles. The shocking findings make us reconsider our attitude to the consumption of sea salt.
Sea salt is valued no less than the Himalayan and other refined types of salt, but soon the attitude towards it can change. The reason for this is research on the study of plastic, found in salt, according to MNN.
It turns out that one kilogram of sea salt contains up to 600 microplastic particles. This is evidenced by research data from East China Pedagogical University. To estimate this amount, it is enough to imagine that if a person consumes the recommended amount of salt daily (about 5 grams per day), then it swallows about three particles of microplastic daily. Most people consume much more salt than recommended.
The results of the study are estimates based on some part of the extracted particles, because scientists are not able to calculate absolutely all microplastics found in sea salt. Thus, the actual amount of plastic may even exceed 600 particles per kilogram. Results may vary depending on where the sea salt was collected and the methods used to collect it.
This situation is a particular result of large-scale pollution with plastic that accumulates in the oceans and waterways. Most plastics problems in the food chain concern seafood, but microplastics can just as easily settle in ocean deposits of minerals such as salt.
Microplastic pollution is dangerous not only for marine life. It was found that it enters the food chain and on land. Surprisingly, honey and beer contain a fairly large amount of microplastics. Its particles are also found in dust, which settles on food and enters the body when breathing.
As they say, we are what we eat. And if the production of plastics is not significantly reduced, pollution with this material may soon become, if not already, one of the greatest health risks facing humanity. If it is already contained in salt, water and even dust – massive pollution is inevitable.