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Microplastic Munchies: We’re All Eating Tiny Bits of Plastic (But Don’t Panic… Yet)

Michael Hunter, MD
BeingWell
Published in
5 min readJun 17, 2024

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Sometimes, I feel like you could use a good detox. Chances are you’ve been unknowingly ingesting tiny bits of microplastics for quite some time.

Don’t reach for the hazmat suit just yet.

While the presence of microplastics in our food chain is a growing concern, there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure.

Today, I will share 10 ways that I am trying to reduce my microplastic consumption.

1. Become a Bottled Water Busting Boss

Bottled water is convenient but can also be a major source of microplastics leached from the plastic itself.

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This is growing evidence that, on average, bottled water has more microplastics than tap.

A 2024 study suggests that we have underestimated measured concentrations of microplastics.

Invest in a reusable water bottle and fill it with filtered tap water whenever possible.

I stick with glass- or steel-lined.

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Michael Hunter, MD
BeingWell

I have degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Penn. I am a radiation oncologist in the Seattle area. You may find me regularly posting at www.newcancerinfo.com