Do you drink with a straw?

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be warm and sunny today. I had to turn on the a/c yesterday at my school and I'll probably be doing it again today. Tomorrow is looking the same and then Monday is going to be overcast before clearing up again on Tuesday. Highs will be between 28C and 30C.

I can't remember the last time I drank with a straw. Every time I buy an iced coffee at a café, they give me a straw and I tell them I don't need it. Same thing when I buy a drink at a convenience store. Why? Well, I didn't have any particular reason other than I didn't really like it...till now...

They're Killing Whales.

About 500 million disposable straws are used each day, according to Ecocycle.org. That's enough to fill 127 school buses each day, and almost all of them are headed to landfills, since plastic straws aren't accepted for recycling. Many of these straws wind up in the ocean, where they break down into small particles that whales and other marine life mistake for food. 

After seeing a photo of whales beached onshore, their stomachs full of plastic they'd eaten, one actor decided to stop using straws entirely.

"Right now, I'm focused on single-use plastics, because it's the most obvious, easy fix. That means I don't use plastic straws, if I can help it, and other single-use plastics, like grocery-store bags or [cases of] plastic water bottles," says the actor, who also launched a foundation, The Lonely Whale, to help reduce water pollution.

They're Not Protecting Your Pearly Whites.

 

There's a misconception that using a straw somehow protects your teeth from getting stained.

"If you've tasted the drink, the teeth have been exposed," writes Mark Burhenne, DDS. "The only way to protect your teeth using the straw method would be to place the tip of the straw at the back of the mouth behind the teeth and tongue so the liquid goes straight from cup to back of the throat without touching the teeth."

That defeats the purpose of actually enjoying the drink, though, doesn't it? Ultimately, Burhenne suggests limiting your sugary drink and coffee intake, and sipping water or brushing your teeth afterward to minimize potential staining and tooth decay.

They're Giving You Smoker's Lips.



Even if you don't smoke, that daily iced coffee habit can give you the same look over time. We'd hoped it was just a wives' tale, but celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says you have legitimate cause for concern. 

"When drinking out of a straw, the movement of the mouth area that you have to make will encourage the breakdown of collagen and elasticity more quickly, causing unnecessary wrinkles and lines," she told Marie Claire

They Make You Fart.

There, we said it. The F word. But it's true: Drinking through a straw can cause gas, which can turn you into a fart machine for the rest of the day. Not so sexy.

Are these four reasons enough to make a compelling case to pass on the plastic straw for you? If I was being totally honest, I'd say that the reason I don't use a straw is because it doesn't look very 'manly'. I'm glad to find out that it's also helping cut down on killing whales, wrinkles and farting...ha ha!

Have a great day!


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