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Researchers Find Microplastics in Stool Samples

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The suspicion that we’re consuming our own plastic pollution was recently reconfirmed when researchers discovered microplastic particles in human stool samples
  • The stool samples were tested for the presence of 10 different types of plastics, of which nine were found in the samples. On average, participants had 20 microplastic particles per 10 grams of stool
  • Tests reveal both tap water and bottled water contain microplastics, as does your household dust and many foods, especially seafood and sea salt, but also any food that has been stored in plastic packaging
  • Research suggests microplastic may have an adverse effect on your gut microbiota; polystyrene microplastics affected the gut barrier, microbiota and metabolism of mice
  • By 2050, the world’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish, and the annual release of plastics to land is estimated to be four to 23 times greater than that released into oceans

Tests reveal both tap water and bottled water contain microplastics, as does your household dust and many foods, especially seafood and sea salt, but also any food that has been stored in plastic packaging.

The suspicion that we're consuming our own plastic pollution was recently reconfirmed when researchers reported the discovery of microplastic particles in human stool samples. The consequences of ingesting microscopic plastic bits and pieces is still relatively unknown.


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