3 Toxins Found in Plastic Water Bottles

  • Bisphenol A (BPA)

    Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used to stabilize epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics or hard plastics. It is also used in softer plastics to prevent cracking. Used mostly in reusable plastic water containers.
    BPA leaches into the water when exposed to heat, which in turn creates bad estrogen, that is recognized to cause ovarian, prostate, and breast cancers.
    BPA has been found to adversely affect fetuses, infants and children’s brains, and prostate glands. Behavior disorders are also prevalent from BPA contamination leading to hyperactivity and aggression in children.
    BPA is used in plastic containers for food, and the linings of cans of infant formula and many food products. Again the problem is the leaching of the chemicals into the food − especially if it is microwaved. When you eat foods from these containers, you’re at risk of being poisoned by this dangerous chemical.
    BPA has been found to adversely affect the endocrine and reproductive systems and to increase the risk of breast, prostate, ovarian, and brain cancer. It also increases the occurrence of hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, aggressive behavior, and asthma.
    These problems can be prevented if we use glass and stainless steel containers instead of plastic.

  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

    PET bottles are BPA-free but they pose other potential health risks.

  • Phthalates

    Phthalates are another chemical compound used to make plastic flexible, particularly PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The problems they cause in humans include: liver cancer, testicular atrophy, and sterility in males.

  • Tips to Reduce Exposure to Toxins Released By Plastic

    • Exchange your plastic bottles for stainless steel or glass
    • Use a good quality carbon water filter, to filter your tap water and store it in glass or ceramic containers
    • Avoid cooking and heating any food or water in plastic or Styrofoam


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