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    Study Finds Human Feces Filled with Plastic

    A new study has detected traces of plastic in the feces of people throughout Europe and Asia.

    Over 95 percent of the particles came from plastics utilized in the packaging and storage of food products.

    According to Dr. Philipp Schwabl, researcher at the Medical University of Vienna, plastic particles were discovered in the stool of the study’s 8 participants.

    The volunteers, hailing from Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, the UK, and Austria, were told to keep track of their diet for one week in order to determine roughly how much plastic they were exposed to.

    An average of 20 particles, referred to as microplastics, were found in every 3.5 ounces of stool.

    As noted by Web MD, the plastics “included polypropylene used in bottle caps, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in drink bottles, polystyrene found in plastic utensils and cups, and polyethylene used in plastic bags and storage containers.”

    Schwabl, who described the findings as “astonishing,” stated that despite plastic’s many important uses, humans should attempt to reduce its reliance on the material.

    “I believe that trying to reduce plastic usage and plastic-packed food might be beneficial for nature and for us,” Schwabl said. “Certainly, plastic is a very useful material and has a lot of clever applications. But maybe we should try to rethink about the necessity of abundant plastic use, and search for and support ecological and sustainable alternatives.”

    Scientists say it is still too early to accurately determine what effect the consumption of microplastics will have on human health.

    The study comes just days after a report from the National Geographic stated that microplastics can also be found in 90 percent of table salt.

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    This is shocking.
    Plastics end up finding themselves in food, and not just the pieces from packaging and wrappers. For example in a cooked dinner with sauce and meat, some stray plastic from inside the container in a small size can be unnoticeable. Erm... finding plastic in your number two could be more common. Some people, most of them that is, don't even look except flushing the pan. Bits of plastic has also been swallowed by accident when drinking a carton and the lid doesn't come away properly thus leaving some of the plastic and glue!

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    It's so terrible... The unlimited usage of plastic is a real disaster nowadays... It is harmful not only for human's health but for the environment as well. Just think how much plastic rubbish we throw away every single day! I stopped using plastic bags some years ago and do not use plastic bottles for a long time. I even found a bamboo toothbrush as an alternative to the plastic one - I think it's another way to reduce the usage of plastic.

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    Study Finds Human Feces Filled with Plastic
    Well this explains it then ... and the doctor told me I was just a bit constipated

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