Microplastics have colonized human body; your poop is the proof

Oct 24, 2018, 8:17 AM EDT
(Source: Proyecto LIBERA/flickr)
(Source: Proyecto LIBERA/flickr)

We are yet to recover from a state of shock and disbelief after a study last week found 36 out of 39 salt brands across the world to contain microplastics, but a new revelation comes as a quick second jolt in no time.

The study by Dr. Philipp Schwabl, a researcher with the Medical University of Vienna, has found the presence of an average of 20 microplastic particles in every 3.5 ounces of human stool, notes CBS News.

When microplastics, the tiny pieces formed as a result of the breaking down of larger plastic chunks, have permeated virtually every element of our ecosystems, including wildlife, food, beer, salt and even air, the findings didn’t take researchers by a surprise, writes Earther.

The study confirms what scientists have been doubting for long, but the small sample size of eight participants and other factors like possible contamination of stools with microplastics floating around in the labs, are sound reasons to spark skepticism.