So by now we are aware of the plastic [straw] epidemic that is taking over the world and our oceans. Cities and entire States are starting to open their eyes and actually ban the distribution of plastic straws. This is progress! But we are not trying to ban ALL straws. Some people really like drinking out of a straw. I mean, could you imagine an iced coffee or a margarita without one?
And beside just straws being fun and what we have been used to using our whole lives, there are actually a lot of benefits of using straws.
Let’s face it, most of the liquids we drink contain sugar or are acidic. Coffee, sodas, juices, chocolate milk, alcoholic beverages, and even that precious kombucha! This can do some damage on your poor little toofers after time. Straws give you limited contact between the beverage and your teeth, protecting your enamel and saving you trips to the dentist to get those cavities filled.
If you have sensitive teeth, you probably can’t even drink an iced drink unless you have a straw involved. Straws help you protect your sensitive pearly whites since they can let hot and cold beverages pass your teeth and go right down the pipe. They also protect the enamel from staining (especially if you are a coffee drinker!).
In the instance of unfortunate accidents happening all over the world, every day, you may have known someone that is not able to eat solid food anymore. Or maybe you know someone that has had to have their jaws wired shut for a certain amount of time. Shoot, maybe you even had to have rubber bands on your braces when you were younger!
As you get older, you may have to take certain medications that require more water intake, or just might make you thirstier in general. As you get much older, it may become harder for you to sip out of a cup and could be a little embarrassing. But you need to stay hydrated! There are many different medical reasons that a person may need to use a straw, and for these, straws are truly necessary.
Down the wrong pipe
Have you ever have some liquid go down the wrong pipe? This happens more so when people are taking too big of gulps out of their glass. Straws make swallowing easier and keep you from choking on your favorite beverage. And if you have ever had to take any unpleasant tasting medicines or supplements- try using a straw next time! By putting the straw in the back of your throat, you can bypass all of your taste buds and avoid having to taste something you really would rather not.
So it’s not that STRAWS are bad. It’s just the plastic ones that never break down in our environment and are polluting our oceans at an astronomical rate. If you are someone that needs to use a straw (or just WANTS to use one) try to choose the best reusable option for you.