Plastic in Bottled Water
Do you drink bottled water? A lot of us do. If so, it’s likely that you’ve consumed an unpleasant surprise in that water – small bits of plastic. It’s not a lot, but according to a recent study, plastic is ubiquitous across multiple brands in bottled water. According to the comprehensive study, an average of 10 plastic particles per liter of water was found in 11 different brands of bottled water. The World Health Organization took note of the study and plans to do its own investigation into the results, according to the Independent. As of right now, there isn’t much evidence that the particles are harmful to humans, but the limit of how many particles are harmful, over what period of time the particles could become harmful, and the composition of the particles is something they’re still looking into.
More research into the effects of these plastic particles on our health needs to be conducted, but in any case, bits of plastic aren’t exactly a comforting thought when we reach for something cool and refreshing, especially, for example, in instances like those after a natural disaster where bottled water might be the only option. Perhaps at least bringing attention to the matter will help find ways to get rid of the problem.
To find more information on the study, take a look at this post in the Independent from March 15th, 2018.
You can find the results of the original study posted here.
Elevated Blood Pressure and Inflammation from Grilled Meats
Grilling might not necessarily be as healthy as you think. This probably won’t come as welcome news for barbecue fans, especially during football tailgating season, but it appears that there might be a connection between elevated blood pressure and inflammation and grilled meats. In a study conducted over a decade, individuals who regularly consumed grilled meats over a long period of time had an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and inflammation. According to the study, the risk of elevated blood pressure was 17 percent higher for people who ate grilled meats over 15 times a month. The risk was also 15% higher for people who ate well-done meats.
It’s not completely understood yet why there is such a correlation, however, it might have something to do with the chemical changes inherent in the grilling process itself, and the effect of those chemicals on the human body, especially grilling at high temperature. Again, this study viewed the cumulative effects of grilling often over a long period of time rather than the effects of a Saturday grill session every once in a while, but it’s something perhaps to think about. It just goes to show, we should be mindful of what we eat, even when it’s supposedly a healthier option than, say, deep-frying.
For more information on the study, including tips on how to healthily enjoy your grilling, visit the Today show website, and their article from March 21, 2018. You can also find more from the American Heart Association, also posted on March 21, 2018.
What do you think? Your comments are always welcome.
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