Here’s an odd question: Have you ever seasoned your food and instead of tasting salt, you maybe tasted a bit of plastic? A new study reveals there are indeed little pieces of plastic in your table salt.
As published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal, researchers from East China Normal University discovered that salt purchased from supermarkets contained tiny particles of plastic. The researchers said the salt was likely contaminated by plastic from water bottles, cellophane and other common plastics, thanks to ocean pollution. The most plastic was found in sea salt, followed by salt derived from lakes, then rocks.
While some particles were so small you wouldn’t be able to see them without magnification, others were visible to the naked eye.
No need to worry, though. If you’re ingest the generally recommended daily intake of salt, researchers said you’re only consuming about three tiny pieces of plastic per day.
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