Dinner has been served — with a little side of microplastics

An October 2018 study in the Environmental Science & Technology journal found more than 90 percent of salt worldwide is contaminated with microplastics.

In other words, you’re eating microplastics.

Essentially, microplastics are “small particles of plastic that are smaller than 5 mm,” according to the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Our cosmetic products and facial scrubs contain microplastics, as well as larger materials, such as bottles and plastic bags. Most of these microplastics end up in our oceans and lakes.

Many of us know microplastics have been harming the environment for years, but now, more information is coming out about microplastics in the food we consume. The same study found that out of the 39 different salt brands researchers studied, only three were plastic-free.

Curious about which foods microplastics actually inhabit? Here’s a list of just some of the foods and beverages.

Water — The packaging is actually where the microplastics come from. A recent study from nonprofit journalism organization Orb Media discovered there are microplastics in as much as 90 percent of the bottled water consumed in the world.

Beer — Scientists analyzed 24 German beer brands, and in all cases, they found some sort of microplastic contamination. The study suggests other beers from around the world are affected, too.

Fish — According to a a study from GESAMP (Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection), scientists found microplastics in 114 aquatic species — humans eat more than half of these types of fish.

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