You’re eating a credit card’s worth of plastic a week — and it’s killing your gut

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This is the perfect time to trust your gut.

Recent research suggests that humans consume about five grams of small plastic particles every week, which is about the weight of your credit card.

The plastic particles make their way into the human food chain from packaging waste, entering the body through sea salt, seafood and even drinking water, scientists at the Medical University of Vienna explained.

The nanoplastics — which are less than 0.001 millimeters in size — and microplastics — which span 0.0001 to 5 millimeters — have the ability to change the gut microbiome composition, according to the study published in the journal Exposure & Health.