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What does polystyrene do to your body?
Polystyrene foam contains the chemical styrene, which has been linked to cancer, vision and hearing loss, impaired memory and concentration, and nervous system effects…the list goes on.
Is it safe to drink from polystyrene?
Polystyrene foam cups contain styrene – a chemical compound that is increasingly suspect. Styrene isn’t known to leach out of hard plastics, but some evidence suggests that it can leach out of foam food containers and cups when food or drinks are hot – not when they’re cold.
What happens if you ingest Styrofoam?
Styrofoam is a foam plastic that does not break down or get absorbed into the body when ingested. If a large piece of styrofoam is ingested, it can cause gagging and choking. There is a chance for the piece to become stuck in the esophagus and cause mild discomfort with swallowing.
Does Styrofoam release toxins?
It leaches into food and drink. and heat, a Styrofoam container’s toxins (like benzene and styrene) seep into the contents. But even with cold or dry food, contact with Styrofoam is unhealthy.
Is it safe to drink hot water from Styrofoam cup?
In Styrofoam and PS cups studies, hot water was found to be contaminated with styrene and other aromatic compounds. It was observed that temperature played a major role in the leaching of styrene monomer from Styrofoam cups. Paper cups were found to be safe for hot drinks.
What are the effects of Styrofoam?
When used with food products, especially when heated, Styrofoam releases toxic chemicals into the food causing a contamination which can be hazardous to your health In addition, when exposed to sunlight,Styrofoam creates harmful air pollutants which contaminate landfills and deplete the ozone layer.
Does Styrofoam expand in your stomach?
It is even more important for parents to put measures in place to prevent their children from swallowing Expanded Polystyrene as a large amount of the substance can get stuck in the stomach, intestines or even esophagus, causing several problems to the body.