This alarming finding highlights the need to pay attention to a plastic-free environment to protect the fetus’s health. It is, therefore, advisable to resort to alternative drinking vessels made of glass or stainless steel. A conscious approach to plastics is of immense importance, especially for pregnant women, to ensure the healthy development of the unborn child.
Flooring in breast milk
PVC is known primarily as a floor covering, while polyethylene is used to make garbage bags and cable sheathing. Polypropylene, on the other hand, is found in products such as microwave dishes and clothing, according to the Rheinische Post.
Italian scientists have made a surprising discovery: tiny, coloured microplastic particles made of PVC, polyethylene and polypropylene have been detected in breast milk. The finding is alarming and raises questions about the impact of microplastics on human health.
Too much microplastic in human tissue
As Mail Online reports, Dr. Luisa Campagnolo, an expert in histology and embryology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, warns that there is growing evidence that microplastics and nanoplastics are getting into human tissue.
Previous studies have shown that microscopic particles can enter the human bloodstream and even the placenta. Plastic particles that enter human tissue can affect certain hormones and disrupt biological processes.
Although research on the effects of plastic particles on human health is still in its early stages, there are still simple steps we can all take to protect our health, Dr. Campagnolo said.
Single-use plastic bottles can release pollutants, especially when exposed to sunlight, which we then drink. That’s why Dr. Campagnolo recommends not drinking water from plastic bottles and turning to glass as an alternative, Mail Online adds.
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