Researchers Find Common Table Salt That Is FULL Of Plastic

A study published in Environmental Science and Technology found that salt sold and consumed in China contained microsized particles of plastic. The plastic came from disposable bottles, polyethylene, cellophane and several other types of plastics. The highest levels of plastics were found in salt harvested from seawater. So what does this all mean? It means that if you’re buying and using sea salt in an effort to be healthier, you may actually be polluting your body with plastic.

Ocean Plastic In Sea Salt

In the study, researchers found over 250 particles of plastic in just one pound of sea salt. While the study was conducted in China and not the United States, Sherri Mason, Ph.D, professor of chemistry at State University New York Fredonia, explained, “Plastics have become such a ubiquitous contaminant, I doubt it matters whether you look for plastic in sea salt on Chinese or American supermarket shelves. I’d like to see some ‘me-too’ studies.”

Mason went on the publish her own study showing that Americans could be ingesting up to 660 micro particles of plastic each year, if they consume no more than the recommended 2.3 grams of salt per day. However, 90% of Americans eat more than the recommended amount, which means they are consuming even more plastic particles than estimated.

Mason believes that sea salt is most vulnerable to plastic contamination, because it is made by harvesting saltwater, then allowing the water to evaporate, leaving the salt behind. She explained, “It’s not that sea salt in China is worse than sea salt in America, it’s that all sea salt — because it’s coming from the same origins — is going to have a consistent problem. I think that’s what we’re seeing.”

The Clean Seas Campaign

Nearly 13 tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. That’s the equivalent of dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every single minute. The United Nations Environment announced a major global effort to end marine pollution in response to the worsening problem. They tagged the effort #CleanSeas. Through the campaign, governments around the world are urged to pass plastic reduction policies, mandate the redesign of plastic products and call on consumers to change their habits before even greater damage is done.

The Best Salt Option

If you’re on the search for the “healthiest” form of salt you can buy, consider Pink Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt is mined from salt beds that lie 5,000 feet below the Himalayan Mountain Range. It’s one the purest and most nutritious salts you can find. Pink Himalayan salt contains 84 trace minerals that balance the body’s pH levels, along with many other health benefits. Look for it at your local health food store or online.

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