Paper straws, no brainer, are made of paper, which is made from wood. The wood pulp is bleached to turn the colour from brown to the white of the paper. Besides, a bleached surface is required to dye the straw different colours.
Does this mean we are sipping chemical-coated liquid and eating tiny pieces of paper when drinking through paper straws soaked in drinks for some time?
Dr Shalini Joshi, Consultant, Internal Medicine at Fortis Hospital in Bengaluru, says that even if the straws are made from fresh paper or recycled paper, the cellulose from the paper is going inside the body. “Vegetables have cellulose, which is, as such, not harmful; however, the ones in straws are chemically treated,” she explains.
She also points out that that there is no harm to the human body the wax or glue used in the paper straws is FDA-approved and of food-grade quality. “However, the ingredients and the proportions should be within safe limits, because edible waxes are not broken down by the body for absorption, although they are eventually eliminated,” she adds.
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