Boiling Reduces Microplastics in Drinking Water (Study)

In this latest video from MedCram, Dr. Seheult discusses a study that evaluated the effect of drinking boiled tap water and how that was found to reduce the amount of nanoplastics and microplastics that were ingested. This was found in the following article.   

Where are microplastics found?

Back in September 2023, Medcram did a video on microplastics in our food and body: cutting boards, microwaves and more discussing this article on microplastics. MedCram discussed how ubiquitous microplastics have become in our society and how the exposure risk to humans remains present. Microplastics have had connections to hormone disruption.

What can be done about microplastics?

This current article that was just published has a potential solution to part of the problem. The article from Environmental Science discusses how nanoplastics and microplastics can be removed by boiling water to a certain degree. The article found that polystyrene, polyethylene and polypropylene nanoparticles can co-precipitate with calcium carbonate in tap water upon boiling and this can remove at least 80% of these nanoparticles. As the temperature goes up, the solubility of calcium carbonate decreases so it precipitates out and it traps the microplastics with it. Then the water can be decanted off the top after it has been cooled and drunk. This was an article from the Washington Post further discussing this concept. This appears to be a simple solution that may be effective depending on how many minerals are in your water and if you have high amounts of nanoplastics and microplastics in your water. 




A simple way to get microplastics out of your water (Washington Post) |…

Drinking Boiled Tap Water Reduces Human Intake of Nanoplastics and Microplastics (Environmental Science & Technology) |…

Drinking Boiled Tap Water Reduces Human Intake of Nanoplastics and Microplastics (ACS) |  

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