It’s hard to believe that something as innocent as sipping from a straw is doing damage to our body and the environment, but anyone who likes to drink from a straw needs to know the truth:

  • Some plastic straws are still being made with materials that are potentially toxic or carcinogenic. And even if straws are labeled as “BPA-free” they might still contain the chemical.
  • With that said, some people sip this way because using a straw reduces tooth exposure to sugary and carbonated drinks in the mouth, preventing acid erosion according to Delta Dental. While there are some clear perks, they may be outweighed by the setbacks involved with sipping from straws.
  • People who smoke are known to develop lines around their lips from the repetitive motion, which are appropriately called smoker’s lips. Turns out that smoking isn’t the only activity that causes these types of lines, sipping from straw causes those lines to get it appeared.
  • Being gassy is uncomfortable for everyone involved. Drinking through a straw is actually swallowing excess air that causes gas so it is more full of air than a drink.

  • Drinking from a straw is supposed to prevent cavities, but it may backfire in many cases. It all has to do with location of the straw and how you sip. Most people do not sip comfortably with the straw directly in the back of their throat. Instead, most people sip with the straw in the middle of their mouth. According to a study by Science Daily, sipping thorough a straw can concentrate the exposure to sugar to one area, causing more severe decay and cavities.
  • As we probably know, the production of any plastic isn’t doing wonders for the earth we live in. According to One Green Planet, the 500,000,000 straws that we produce every year are causing tons of air pollution before they are even used.

These little straws are mistaken for food by sea creatures, especially whales, and cannot be digested. If these facts don’t make you think about skipping straws, I don’t know what will.

Government should think about something eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws.