24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
Fax: (361)578-5500
Regular Hours: M-Fri 8am - 5pm
Every 3rd Thurs of the Month - Extended Hours Until 7 pm

Nutrition
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Coffee Could Perk Up Your LiverHow Healthy Are the New Plant-Based 'Fake Meats'?Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth'Plant-Based' or Low-Fat Diet: Which Is Better for Your Heart?Why Getting Your Groceries Online Might Be HealthierFewer Than 1 in 10 American Adults Get Enough Dietary FiberTwo Common Eating Habits That Can Really Pile on PoundsA Woman's Diet Might Help Her Avoid Breast CancerToo Much Caffeine Might Raise Your Odds for GlaucomaA Fruitful Approach to Preventing DiabetesAHA News: Is Mango the Luscious Superhero of Fruit?Sleep Deprived? Coffee Can Only Help So MuchAHA News: How Much Harm Can a Little Excess Salt Do? PlentyLow-Salt 'DASH' Diet Good for Total Heart HealthGluten Doesn't Trigger 'Brain Fog' for Women Without Celiac Disease: StudyHumans Started Loving Carbs a Very Long Time AgoVegetarian Diet Could Help Fight Off Disease: Study'BPA-Free' Bottles Might Need a Run Through Your Dishwasher FirstEat Smart: Mediterranean Diet Could Ward Off DementiaMany Consumers Misunderstand Those 'Best Before' Food LabelsAHA News: Salt Sensitivity May Increase Risk of High Blood PressureAHA News: Food, Culture and the Secret Ingredient to Address Lack of Diversity in Nutrition FieldWhat's for Lunch? Often, It's What Your Co-Workers Are HavingChocolate, Butter, Sodas: Avoid These Foods for a Healthier Middle AgeToo Much Red Meat Might Harm Your HeartAre You Eating Foods That Harm Your 'Microbiome'?AHA News: Sorting Folklore From Fact on the Health Benefits of GarlicEnergy Drink Habit Led to Heart Failure in a Young ManBingeing, Stress Snacking: How the Pandemic Is Changing Eating HabitsAmericans Are Eating Less Healthily Everywhere, Except at SchoolSluggish Coworker? Maybe They 'Pigged Out' Last NightDo You 'Wolf Down' Your Food? Speedy Eaters May Pack on More PoundsThe 5 Foods That Cut Your Odds for Colon CancerAHA News: Refined Flour Substitutes Abound -- But How to Choose the Best One?Diet High in Processed Meats Could Shorten Your LifeWill High-Protein Diets Help the Middle-Aged Build Muscle?Want More Muscle? Go for the GreensAHA News: 7 Healthy Strategies to Navigate a Food SwampToo Much Restaurant Fare Could Shorten Your LifeAHA News: As Fermented Foods Rise in Popularity, Here's What Experts SayUltra-Processed Foods Are Ultra-Bad for Your HeartBreakfast Timing Could Affect Your Odds for DiabetesSwitch to Plant-Based Diet Can Cut Your Odds for StrokeGlobal Study Supports Eating Fish for Heart HealthScience Reveals Why Tea Is Good for Your HeartGet Your '5 a Day' Fruits and Veggies to Live LongerMediterranean Diet Could Keep Aging Brains SharpSwitch to Plant-Based Diet Could Protect Older Women's BrainsAHA News: Lower Your Sodium, and Blood Pressure Will FollowDaily Coffee Tied to Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

Wellness and Personal Development

Which Seafood Has the Highest Amount of Microplastics?

HealthDay News
by Cara Murez
Updated: Dec 28th 2020

new article illustration

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Those mussels, oysters and scallops on your plate may come with a secret ingredient: microplastics.

Researchers at Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull in the United Kingdom reviewed more than 50 studies (from 2014 to 2020) to investigate the levels of microplastic contamination globally in fish and shellfish.

The investigators found that mollusks (such as clams, mussels, oysters and scallops) had the highest levels. Mollusks collected off the coasts of Asia were the most heavily contaminated with microplastics. The researchers suggested that these areas are more heavily polluted by plastic.

Scientists are still trying to understand the health implications for humans consuming fish and shellfish contaminated with these tiny particles of waste plastic, according to the report.

"No one yet fully understands the full impact of microplastics on the human body, but early evidence from other studies suggest they do cause harm," said study author Evangelos Danopoulos. He's a postgraduate student at Hull York Medical School.

"A critical step in understanding the full impact on human consumption is in first fully establishing what levels of microplastics humans are ingesting," Danopoulos said in a University of York news release. "We can start to do this by looking at how much seafood and fish is eaten, and measuring the amount of [microplastics] in these creatures."

The research showed that microplastic content was 0 to 10.5 microplastics per gram in mollusks, 0.1 to 8.6 microplastics per gram in crustaceans and 0 to 2.9 microplastics per gram in fish.

The largest consumers of mollusks are China, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States, followed by Europe and the United Kingdom, the study authors noted.

Plastic waste that ends up in oceans, lakes and rivers can potentially end up inside shellfish, fish and marine mammals. Plastic waste generated worldwide is expected to triple to 155 to 265 million metric tons per year by 2060.

The researchers said more data is needed from different parts of the world to understand how the issue varies between different oceans, seas and waterways. They said there is a need to standardize methods of measuring microplastic contamination so it can be more easily compared.

The report was published online Dec. 23 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

More information

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has information on ocean pollution.

SOURCE: University of York, news release, Dec. 23, 2020