Are you reusing your water bottles?


Are the chemicals in your plastic food containers, water bottles and even baby bottles harming your health?

Recently the Food and Drug Administration said that a chemical widely used in plastics is safe for children and adults, even though recent research has raised questions about its safety. Studies have linked the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, to increased risks for heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Plastic food containers, reusable water bottles and plastic baby bottles are so popular because they’re convenient, which is not to be overlooked. But the price of convenience might have a dark side. Should we replace plastic containers with glass or another non-leaching option?

Check out these facts to decide for yourself:

  • Polycarbonate plastics, often used to make reusable water bottles, clear plastic food-storage containers and some baby bottles, contain BPA, an estrogen like chemical also used in the linings of some food and drink cans. Studies link BPA to the development of pre-cancerous lesions and abnormal development of reproductive systems in animals. While BPA can leach into food and drinks, whether it actually affects human health is currently not known but the possibility couldn’t be ruled out. What is known is that we’re all exposed to plenty of the chemical. In a 2005 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, 95 percent of people screened tested positive for BPA.

  • Hot liquids and foods exacerbate leaching in BPA-containing plastics. When boiling water is poured into polycarbonate drinking bottles, it causes up to 55 times more BPA to seep out than room-temperature water had.

  • Whether washing containers in hot water causes them to break down and release BPA the next time they’re used isn’t clear: Only a handful of studies have been conducted, and results are conflicting. While heating these plastics in the microwave hasn’t been studied, it’s not recommended.

The Bottom Line: Manufacturers currently aren’t required to label BPA, so there’s no way of knowing if it’s present in the plastics or cans you use. For now, the best way to reduce your exposure is to use stainless steel, glass or plastics labeled “BPA-free.” If you’re not sure about a product contact the manufacturer for more information.

Check out Hydracoach Water Bottles for a safe alternative.

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