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50,000

If you are what you eat, then every single one of us is a little bit plastic. The average human eats at least 50,000
microparticles of plastic each year, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Microplastic particles are the result of the disintegration of plastics. In their work, researchers found microplastics everywhere, including in both tap and bottled water, seafood, and beer. Bottled water, in particular, proved to be a source of ingested plastic: According to the study, a person who solely consumed bottled water would drink more than 100,000 particles annually. In contrast, someone who exclusively drank tap would ingest 4,000 particles per year via their water. —Aimee Ortiz

aimee.ortiz@globe.com@aimee_ortiz