Why The Usage Of A Straw?
Since reusable straws are difficult to clean and used multiple times, disposable straws are perceived to be more hygienic. Disposable straws are also a popular option because they tend to be softer than reusable straws which provide children with a safer way to drink beverages.
A drinking straw is a utensil that is intended to carry the contents of a beverage to one's mouth. Straws are commonly made from plastics. These straws are often made of silicone, cardboard, or metal.
A straw is used by placing one end in one's mouth and the other in a beverage. By employing suction, the air pressure in one's mouth drops causing atmospheric pressure to force the liquid through the straw and into the mouth.
Drinking straws can be straight or have an angle-adjustable bellows segment.
Should You Drink with a Straw?
Humans have been using straws for thousands of years. The straw dates back to at least 3000 B.C., when Sumerians drank beer through tubes made of gold. In the 1800s, people used stalks of rye as straws. The paper straw was introduced in 1888, but by the 1970s, plastic straws became popular.
Today, straws are widely used. About 170 million to 490 million plastic straws are used in the United States each day. Straws offer an easy, sanitary way to drink beverages. They also help people with disabilities safely consume liquids.
Benefits of drinking through a straw?
Drinking with a straw has potential advantages. The practice:
- Increases convenience: When you drink straight from a cup, you have to tip it toward your face. This increases the risk of spills. Using a straw makes it easier to sip the drink without tilting it too far. The practice is especially helpful if your beverage has ice.
- Improves hygiene: Drinking through a straw may be ideal when consuming a canned beverage. It's more sanitary than directly putting your mouth on the can. Harmful bacteria can survive on the lids of aluminium cans. The bacteria can contaminate the cans during storage, transportation, or handling at the store.
- Helps people with disabilities: Drinking from a cup might be difficult for people with;
* motor disorders
* strength disorders
* swallowing disorders,
By using a straw, people with these conditions drink beverages with ease.
- Prevents staining of front teeth: Drinks like soda, tea, and coffee can discolour your teeth. Using a straw can decrease the contact between these drinks and your front teeth. To reap this benefit, place the straw past your front teeth.
- Drinking with a straw is also more hygienic at restaurants. It prevents you from putting your mouth on glasses, which can harbour bacteria if they're improperly washed or handled