It’s no news that the plastics contaminated the environment we all live into to a significant degree. Even more, some Austrian researchers conducted a study that revealed that you have tiny plastic pieces in your stomach. The respective research found that human feces present microplastics traces, so the issue is quite severe in this regard.
As you may know already, microplastics are tiny particles of plastic that are from 10 nanometers to 5 millimeters in size, so they could be so small that we cannot see them with the naked eye. Thus, we ingest them without even knowing that we do that.
These results came up to the researchers of the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria after they examined the feces of a small group of people from all over the world, including participants from Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Austria.
According to The Study, You Might Have Tiny Plastic Pieces In Your Stomach
The scientists monitored the subjects according to what they ate on the week before the research, by collecting stool samples. Accordingly, the researchers found that the participants presented about 20 microplastic particles per 10 grams of feces, which is a significant percentage. Among the plastics they identified, there were polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) as the most prevalent microplastics.
“This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut. Of particular concern is what this means to us, and especially patients with gastrointestinal diseases,” explained Dr. Philipp Schwabl, the study’s leading author.
“While the highest plastic concentrations in animal studies have been found in the gut, the smallest microplastic particles are capable of entering the bloodstream, lymphatic system and may even reach the liver. Now that we have first evidence for microplastics inside humans, we need further research to understand what this means for human health,” the researcher concluded.