Does edible sea salt contain microplastics?

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We all commonly use salt. We often recommend the integral marine one which has the advantage of not being refined and is rich in minerals. A new study, however, highlights a problem that should not be underestimated: the presence of microplastics!

We all commonly use the sale. We often recommend the integral marine one which has the advantage of not being refined and is rich in minerals. A new study, however, highlights a problem that should not be underestimated: the presence of microplastics!





Whole sea salt, if used in moderation, can be a useful food for our body as it can offer important substances such as magnesium, zinc and above all iodine. Even in this case, however, there is a possible downside. A research team from Malaysia wanted to analyze 17 brands of sea salt sold in 8 different countries, arriving at a disconcerting result: only one of them was plastic-free.

The rest of the samples released a total of 72 particles of which 1a in 10 contained microplastics. Overall, in 41,6% of cases it was plastic polymers and in 23,6% of pigments of plastics. The most common plastic polymers were polypropylene and polyethylene, which are considered safe plastics according to the American Food and Drug Administration.

Ma where do the microplastics found in our seas come from? Especially from cosmetic products: creams, bubble baths, toothpastes, etc. It is estimated that around 8 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year. The particles enter the food chain and are then found again not only in salt but also in fish. All of us are therefore subject to the ingestion of these plastic microparticles without even realizing it with potential risks to our health.

The problem is becoming more and more serious and to be taken into consideration, not surprisingly also the United Nations has sounded the alarm on the increase of microplastics in the oceans and they are working to encourage companies to reduce the use of these substances in their products.

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Microplastics in salt? What can we do

Undoubtedly the choices we make as consumers can positively or negatively affect the environment around us and consequently our health. We therefore advise you to choose and buy only products without microplastics, the thing is quite simple if you have the good habit of reading the labels: in all cases where you find polyethylene or polypropylene written in the list of ingredients, leave the products on the shelves and buy some more natural alternatives.



In this article you will find the brands they are committed to reduce the use of microplastics and those instead absolutely to be avoided.

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