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    Are Viral Claims about Ingesting Plastic from Chopping Boards Accurate?

    Recent suggests consumers may be ingesting more plastic than realized through food preparation on plastic chopping boards. A viral claim circulating online estimated individuals consume around 10 credit cards worth of microplastic particles each year from plastic chopping boards alone. But is this alarming figure accurate?

    Scientists have long known plastic materials break down into microscopic pieces when exposed to wear and tear over time. Chopping, slicing and cutting food releases tiny plastic fragments that easily transfer to eaten items. While the exact impacts are still unclear, microplastics have been detected in human stool samples indicating ingestion is occurring.

    To verify the shocking 10 credit card statistic, experts reviewed the limited research available. Some lab tests did detect microplastic transfer from plastic to foods during food preparation simulations. However, the actual amounts varied widely depending on the specific plastic type and cutting pressures used. Conclusive data quantifying average annual microplastic consumption from boards is still lacking.

    Food safety specialists remind consumers worn plastic boards should be replaced periodically. They also stress thorough washing helps remove debris but may not eliminate all microparticles. Until more is understood, reducing plastic use when preparing foods is a sensible precaution. Opting for wood or bamboo boards provides a naturally safer option.

    With ongoing microplastic detection in our bodies and , determining safe exposure levels remains an important public health priority. While the 10 credit card claim cannot be fully validated, even occasional plastic ingestion warrants attention. Small changes like selecting alternative chopping materials present easy steps to potentially lower risk while research continues.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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