Do you like seafood? Then you regularly eat plastic

Do you like seafood? Then you regularly eat plastic

Categories: Ecology | Food and Drinks | Health and Medicine

Seafood is traditionally considered very healthy. However, an experiment conducted in Belgium calls this into question. It turned out that seafood lovers annually swallow up to 11 thousand plastic particles. Part of the plastic settles in the body, causing health problems.

Do you like seafood? Then you regularly eat plastic

Scientists from the University of Ghent conducted studies that showed that an average serving of mussels contains approximately 90 tiny pieces of harmful material, and six oysters — 50. The blame, of course, is the pollution of the world's oceans.

Do you like seafood? Then you regularly eat plastic

Plastic bags are the most common type of garbage in the ocean.

The problem is in a bad environmental situation — the world's oceans are very heavily polluted with plastic garbage. In some places, these wastes form so-called "islands". Together with the water, plastic particles enter the body of fish and other inhabitants of the seas. For example, mussels pass through themselves up to 20 liters of water per day, thereby obtaining not only food, but also waste. The plastic deposited in the animals enters the human body. Experts estimate that more than 99% of plastic is removed naturally, but some of it is still absorbed by the tissues and accumulates.

Do you like seafood? Then you regularly eat plastic

Scientists at the University of Ghent and the University of Exeter are studying the impact of plastic waste on the inhabitants of the world's oceans, in particular oysters and mussels.

Careful analysis has shown that the smallest plastic fragments are now infected with almost all the inhabitants of the ocean. Crushed by the waves into the smallest dust, the plastic pierces into living tissues and gets stuck there forever. Thus, anyone who eats fish, shellfish or algae, swallows these microscopic particles of plastic.

Do you like seafood? Then you regularly eat plastic

In the World's oceans, there is a whole Eastern garbage continent, or Pacific Trash Vortex — Pacific "garbage"), - a collection of garbage of anthropogenic origin in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean.

After careful analysis, the scientists concluded that 99% of the plastic ingested by humans along with seafood is safely removed from the digestive system. But 1% of this toxic waste still manages to dig into the intestinal walls and begin its migration throughout the body.

Do you like seafood? Then you regularly eat plastic

Today, one truck full of plastic garbage is dumped into the ocean waters around the clock every minute (!).

If the problem of pollution of the World's oceans worsens, then by the end of this century, every seafood lover (whether elite or ordinary quality) will swallow 780 thousand plastic particles annually, and at least 4,000 of them will be stuck in his body forever.

Keywords: Ecology | Health and medicine | Ocean | Plastic | Seafood | Food and drinks

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