Microplastics are polymeric particles that are smaller than 5 millimeters, causing environmental pollution, mostly petroleum derivative, and insoluble in water, uniformly or amorphous. Experts warned that microplastics, which are mostly found in sea salt, have various damages and bring health problems, Beykent University School of Health Sciences Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Res. See. Eda Balcı gave detailed information on the subject. Balcı said, “These microplastics, which are formed by the separation of a plastic material into millions of pieces, cause serious damage to human health as well as the environmental damage. “Microplastics can be found in many foods we eat or in many items we use, so we eat, drink and breathe these substances without realizing it.”


Be visible in studies so small that the seafood what this microplastic, bile salts, personal care products, the bottle, cosmetics, paper cups, and many other nutrients, and underlines that there has been determined that the goods Balci, “in Turkey, a study on Join microplastic 16 different Brand table salt was examined and as a result of the investigations, these harmful microplastics were found in table salt. The table salts examined were obtained from different water sources. It was stated in the report that the highest number of microplastic particles was found in sea salt, followed by lake and rock salts. The report also recommended by the World Health Organization adults should not exceed 5-6 grams of salt per day should receive an individual, but it is stated that this amount was up 15-18 grams in Turkey. According to this; People in Turkey, that salt intake is less compared to other countries that much more exposed microplastic the stick are referred to, “he said.


Warning that microplastics are mostly accumulated in the liver, kidney and spleen, Balcı underlined that although the damage of these microplastics to the body was mentioned in the studies, the real damage could occur over the years.

Stating that microplastics can cause very serious diseases such as cancer, Balcı said, “It has been reported in studies that especially the substances used in some plastics cause diseases such as obesity, insulin resistance, asthma, birth defects, reproductive and nervous system disorders. At the same time, plastics containing bisphenol called Type 7 can cause many diseases such as early puberty, breast enlargement, pancreatic disorders and thyroid disorders, since they have an estrogenic effect.

Stating that it is not possible for consumers to understand these substances in salts, Balcı concluded by saying, “The manufacturers should definitely specify the amount of the substances in the label of the salts, and at the same time, the presence of these microplastics in the salt content should be recorded and the analysis of the salts should be made and the analysis results should be shared with the consumers.” .

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