Most people purchase bottled drinking water because they think it is healthier than tap water. Advertisements make the water sound like it is pure and free of chemicals as it bubbles up from mountain springs. Unfortunately, 40 percent of bottled water mostly comes from a tap in the plant where it is processed.
There are some health risks from bottled drinking water. Plastic containers are toxic. A container is needed to store most water, even home filtered-water or spring water. The best way to store it is in glass. One chemical in plastic is BPA. It has been linked to health issues like prostrate cancer, Diabetes, less fertility, obesity and learning or behavioral problems. Another chemical in plastic is Phthalates. It has been linked to developmental problems and liver cancer.
Bottled drinking water can often be left out in the sun or in a hot car. All of those chemicals mentioned above leach into the liquid faster under high temperatures. Plus, another chemical called dioxin is produced under heat. It has been known to cause breast cancer.
Like our tap water, bottled drinking water comes from sources that have been contaminated with the byproducts of cleaning products and prescription drugs that have been flushed down drains. This all ends up back in our water-supply. Many people have an allergic reaction to a specific drug and many drugs were never meant to be mixed together.
Because bottled drinking water is predominantly tap water, it has other contaminants in it like chlorine, fluoride and aluminum. Too much of any of these things can be poisonous. Fluoride is a controversial chemical. Some think it is important to prevent tooth decay while others believe that it causes other problems. Too much fluoride can cause fluorosis.
Most of these plastic containers are not recycled. Between 60 and 70 million of them are thrown away every day which is extremely wasteful. Not only is it destructive to the environment, it is bad for the ecosystem since tons of fuel is burned transporting heavy bottled drinking water.
Very informative. H5!
Nice list of hazards that have come out about plastic bottles.
Wonderful article. I use safe plastic, no BPA Polar bottles. High 5!
So true and needed info!
Your sharing of the truth about bottled water should wake up the massive public who buy these by the cases.Well done and I agree. I always questioned the supply and storage issues you aptly mention here so detailed.
I've never been a fan of bottled water. I prefer to filter my own tap water and keep it in glass. You are right on the money about all the dangers!
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