Nanoplastics – Effects on Human Intestinal Microbiome Studied

According to a December 21, 2020 Spain Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona news release “… nanoplastics affect the composition and diversity of our intestinal microbiome … the study alerts that stress to the gut microbiome could alter the health of humans … up to 90% of the plastic fragments that reach the intestine are excreted. However, one part is fragmented into nanoplastics which are capable, due to their small size and molecular properties, to penetrate the cells and cause harmful effects. The study establishes that alterations in food absorption have been described, as well as inflammatory reactions in the intestinal walls, changes in the composition and functioning of the gut microbiome, effects on the body’s metabolism and ability to produce, and lastly, alterations in immune responses. The article alerts about the possibility of a long-term exposure to plastic …” – The web link to the news release is included in the post on the home page of Plastic Food Packaging Waste News at #NanoPlastics #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic