New research indicates that consumers of fast food and other convenience foods should beware of the containers their food comes packaged in.
Polystyrene, a commonly used material in food packaging, particularly for fast food and other convenience items could pose a risk to long-term health.
The study analyzed mice who ingested the polystyrene particles and found they could pass through the blood-brain barrier within two hours of consumption.
The blood-brain barrier is responsible for keeping toxins and other unwanted substances out of the brain. These findings suggest that ingesting these particles could increase the risk of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.
“In the brain, plastic particles could increase the risk of inflammation, neurological disorders or even neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s,” said Lukas Kenner, lead author of the study.
The research highlights the need for more research into the long-term effects of exposure to such packaging materials. The study also emphasizes the importance of minimizing exposure to these types of chemicals.
While it may be impossible to completely avoid exposure to these chemicals due to their widespread use, some steps can be taken to minimize their impact on our bodies.
For instance, we can reduce our consumption of fast food and other convenience foods often served in polystyrene packaging. Additionally, purchasing food items packaged in more eco-friendly materials such as paper or glass can help reduce exposure.