It has long been known that it isn’t the best for our health to use plastic bottles or containers that contain the commonly known chemical BPA or Bisphenol A. BPA was invented almost 120 years ago and has been used to make polycarbonate plastics like hard plastic water bottles and other plastic products.
In September of 2008, the National Institute of Health (NIH), through its National Toxicology Program determined that BPA posed risks to human development and health. It is especially harmful if the liquid in a plastic bottle reaches or goes over 80 degrees because that’s when gases from the plastic begin to leach into the liquid.
Researchers also linked BPA to a lot of health issues such as some endocrine disorders, infertility in both males and females, and increasing the risk of hormone related cancers such as breast cancer in women and prostate cancers in men and also polycystic ovary syndrome in women.
But the chemical BPA isn’t the only issue with bottled water. An article published in Frontiers in Chemistry reported a study done by researchers who analyzed water bottles that were made by different manufactures and in different countries to have tiny particles of plastic, a.k.a. micro-plastics, that had leached into the bottled water.
Many manufactures today are using BPA-free products by using BPS or BPF. However, both substitute plastic products still disrupt cells according to a research that was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives in 2015. Because of this cell disruption, the research explains why any plastic container should never be used to microwave food in. The plastic products that may contain BPA, BPS, or BPF have recycling numbers 3 and 7 imbedded into the the container typically on the bottom.
A study which was conducted by Treadmill Reviews, found that reusable plastic bottles weren’t that much better. The researchers used different types of reusable plastic bottles for testing that were used by athletes for a week. They found bacteria reached a count of more than 313, and 499 colony-forming units per square centimeter as an average which depended on the type of bottle that the drink came in. According to the research, the bacteria was more than the average bacteria found on a toilet seat. Eew! And researchers found that 60 percent of those bacteria were sickness causing germs.
Be a smart drinker and stop using reusable disposable bottles. Recycle them instead after drinking from them once.
Use a bottle made from glass or stainless steel to protect your health as well as the environment!