The Washington Post nutritionist Christy Brissette published an article saying that the use of plastic straws can also affect your health in addition to environmental problems.
However, she said that several other arguments are somewhat contradictory, and many have no substantive evidence.
For example, drinking a straw with a straw can easily inhale too much gas and cause flatulence. Also, the straw concentrates all of the liquid on a few teeth, which is likely to erode teeth and erode the enamel.
Someone has the opposite opinion that straws can be used to reduce the chance of tooth decay.
According to Mohammed Bassiouny, a professor of dentistry at Temple University, simply placing the straw in the “right” position—behind the teeth and close to the throat—can reduce the chance of the beverage touching the teeth, thereby reducing the likelihood of tooth decay. Although this method does not sound very comfortable.
Other shortcomings of Brissette's use of straws include the tendency to wrinkle and the tendency to drink too much and to get drunk.
This article has accumulated nearly 400 messages. Many netizens have commented that plastic straws do affect the environment and ecology, but it is not very convincing.
Some government agencies and companies have begun to gradually limit the use of plastic straws.
According to Better Alternatives, a non-profit organization engaged in pollution research, 7.5% of the plastic in the environment comes from a straw or a stir bar. The report to Heal the Bay mentions that over the past 15 years, the organization has collected 100,000 straws on the beach. The decomposed plastic will only get smaller and smaller and will not disappear. Many are eaten by marine life and may be eaten again.
Seattle has recently become the first city in the United States to ban plastic straws. British McDonald's and Singapore KFC have also announced the abolition of plastic straws.
But changing a habit takes time, and a drastic comprehensive ban can lead to other problems.
At the investor meeting in April this year, McDonald's shareholders voted against the proposal to “disable plastic straws” at McDonald's in the United States.
The board said that the resources spent on adopting the proposal would affect other environmental actions promised by McDonald's, and they are looking for alternatives to plastic straws that are both cost and practical.
India has officially imposed a strict plastic ban on June 23rd – prohibiting the production, use, sale, transportation and storage of disposable plastic products, or it will be fined or imprisoned.
This regulation immediately hit the plastics industry.
A spokesperson for the Indian Plastic Bag Manufacturers Association said the ban would cost the industry 150 billion rupees and 300,000 jobs and has caused its 2,500 member units to close their doors.
In addition, Brissette acknowledges that some patients who suffer from neuromuscular damage or eating for other reasons need plastic straws to help them eat. Paper straws, which are considered as alternatives, are not strong enough to break. The complete ban on plastic straws will make their lives more inconvenient.