Counting Small Percentage of American Diet Finds Lots of Microplastic Consumption


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 June 2019

 

 

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Counting Small Percentage of Food Finds Lots of Microplastics,

Estimating Microplastic Consumption,
American Chemical Society, June 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Human Test Subjects
"...the average American consumes more than 70,000 particles of microplastics per
year, though the health effects of that consumption are unclear"

74,000 to 121,000 Particles Per Year
"...estimated microplastic consumption ranged from 74,000 to 121,000 particles per year, depending on age and sex. People who drink only bottled water could consume an additional 90,000 microplastics annually compared with those who drink only tap water."

How Counted
"...the researchers reviewed 26 previous studies that analyzed the amounts of microplastic particles in fish, shellfish, added sugars, salts, alcohol, tap or bottled water, and air."

Counted Small % of Food Intake
"...analyzed the amounts of microplastic particles in fish, shellfish, added sugars, salts, alcohol, tap or bottled water, and air. Other foods were not included in the analysis because the data were lacking."

"...considered only 15% of Americans' caloric intake, these values are likely underestimates."

 

 

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