Watch Out: “Natural” Is not always what it seems

If, like millions of others, you too believe that “natural” always means healthier, a recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports might give you a bit of pause.

In this study, researchers analyzed 16 brands of sea salt, which is promoted by some health food zealots as being more “natural” than regular salt, purchased from 8 different countries.

And except for the brand that came from France, every one of the seal salt products contained microscopic particles of plastic, which is about as far from natural as one can get. I think.

Where did the plastic come from?

Most likely from the vast amount of plastic deposited into the oceans on a constant basis, plastic that is then consumed by sea microorganisms and that is then fed up the food chain to larger and larger fish.
Before any sea salt fan panics and decides they must get an immediate blood test for plastic levels, however, it’s important to note that although it’s hard to see any upside from ingesting micro-particles of plastic, it’s also pretty hard to prove that there’s a downside to the tiny amounts present in the samples that were analyzed in this study.

Anyway, hope this study didn’t shake you up too much.