Friday, January 27, 2023

Your Dishwasher Hides an Invisible Enemy: Detergent Residue Can Harm Gut Health

every year About 576,000 dishwashers are bought in SpainAccording to data from the National Association of Manufacturers and Importers of Home Appliances. The device saves around 30.6 liters of water per day, according to studies conducted on the Isabel II channel. On average, they use 10 liters of water per wash.

However, a new study suggests Potential health hazards of dishwashing detergent. published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyThe report questions the safety of some chemicals.

In the lab, several models of intestinal cells revealed that High doses of rinse aid components can harm intestinal health. It should be borne in mind that these household appliances They are designed to provide maximum efficiency using detergent and rinse aid with minimum amount of water.

Recent research wants to know The exact number of chemical residues left on dishes after these commercial dishwashers complete a wash cycleAs well as the harmful effects of these industrial components on human intestinal tissue.

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“Potentially toxic substances remain on dishes”

“What is particularly alarming is that many household appliances do not run an extra wash cycle to remove rinse aid residue,” explains Sezmi Akdis, director of the Swiss Research Institute for Allergy and Asthma at the University of Zurich. “This means potentially toxic substances remain on the dishes, where they dry in place.”

thanks to new organoid technologywhich allows the creation of three-dimensional cellular structures similar to various human organs such as a miniature stomach, brain or heart, The experiment looked at the effects of different detergent chemicals on the gut.

The results warn about the potential danger of these products: The chemicals caused various changes in genes “involved in cell survival, the epithelial barrier, cytokine signaling and metabolism.”

researchers focused on specific chemicals that cause harm and Alcohol ethoxylates identified as culpritDetergents and surface cleaners have much in common to help dislodge residue from household items.

According to previous research, Alcohol ethoxylates are theoretically not toxic to human cells and there is no evidence that they are carcinogenic or mutagenic. This is the first study that points to its harmful consequences for intestinal cells.

By detailing residual chemical concentrations in tableware, scientists explain The greatest damage to intestinal cells was caused by alcohol ethoxylates present in the rinse aid at a 1:10,000 solution.

it is normal Household dishwashers use slightly more water and longer wash cycles with dilution factors calculated at 1:80,000, The researchers are most concerned with short-cycle commercial dishwashers whose dilution factors are as small as 1:2,000.

There is no clear conclusion: intestinal damage is hypothetical, but if it is real, it would be associated with inflammation and chronic diseases triggered by the destruction of the epithelial layer of the intestine. “It is important to inform the public about this risk,” the study says, encouraging further research on the topic.

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