Various kinds of food and beverages currently mostly use plastic as a wrapping tool. For example, such as disposable mineral water bottles or glasses, various types of snacks, food storage boxes, and even market snacks also use plastic as a wrapping tool. This is very unfortunate, because millions – millions of tons of waste from plastic waste has polluted the environment and endangered health.
In addition, plastic packaging that is exposed to heat from the sun will cause the plastic to break into smaller fragments in the form of microplastics. This type of microplastic can migrate to food and be eaten by us. For example, several types of microplastics are commonly found in food packaging, namely: BPA, dioxins, phthalates, polyethylene and polypropylene.
So what are the dangers that will arise when the body has been exposed to microplastics from food wrappers?
Quoting from page MedicalNewsToday Here are 3 dangers to the body due to exposure to microplastics in food packaging:
1. Hormone Disorders
Various studies assume that there are 15 types of microplastics that have the potential to disrupt the work of endocrine hormones in the body. In addition, research has also shown that BPA microplastics have the potential to cause infertility in men and women by interfering with the production of the hormones testosterone and estrogen.
2. Increases the Risk of Chronic Disease
Due to disruption of work and production of endocrine hormones in the body caused by microplastic BPA, it will increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
3. Disrupt the Body’s Immune System
Research in 2020 shows that there is an increased risk of inflammation caused by microplastics, namely disorders of gut health and the body’s immune system. This is very dangerous, because considering there are about 70-80% of immune cells in the intestine. That means if there is a condition that affects gut health, it can also disrupt the immune system. Continuous exposure to microplastics in the intestines becomes a source of toxins for immune cells, causing disruption of the gut microbiota, and increasing the rate of growth of bad bacteria in the intestines that have the potential to become inflammatory or inflamed.
Those are the 3 dangers that will be caused to the body due to exposure to microplastics in food packaging. Hopefully useful for readers.