Beware of bottled water! What harm are plastic bottles
The fact that plastic containers for water can be a danger to the human body has been talked about for a long time, however, in connection with this, not only scientifically based articles appeared on the Internet, but also unsubstantiated "horror stories" that very impressive users immediately believed. We decided to find out if bottled water is really so dangerous for our health, and what exactly is the harm of plastic.
What kind of container does bottled water fit into?
Back in the 70s of the last century, the engineer of the American chemical company DuPont Nathaniel Wyat became the author of a revolutionary technology for the production of plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which made it possible to massively switch from glass containers to plastic - cheap and coping well with its purpose, yes also recyclable.However, now the bottles are produced according to the same patent, but the raw materials for them are used differently - most often it is not only the above-mentioned PET, but also polycarbonate (PC).
Why does bottled water in plastic cause so much concern, and why is plastic packaging still not prohibited? It turns out that the problem lies in the absence of direct evidence, so all the fears are now considered to be only assumptions and hypotheses. But do not rush to relax and reach for a bottle of water ...
Harm plastic bottles - hazardous substances
For a long time, in the United States, under the auspices of a special Food and Drug Administration, plastic bottles began to be studied, but for many years scientists lacked basic information to obtain objective statistics on this issue. And only in 2010, the Department finally decided to publish the received materials exposing the harm of plastic bottles, as well as the harm of plastic used in the production of food packaging.
They managed to prove that the plastic contains an important component - the so-called bisphenol-A, which can cause many serious diseases.If the container for water or food is heated, or food / water is stored in it for too long, then this leads to the transition of bisphenol-A into the contents of the plastic container, which the person then uses.
To prove the connection of bisphenol-A with the emergence of various diseases (such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, endocrine dysfunction, genital oncology, depression of the nervous system, liver damage, etc.), researchers had to watch over one and a half thousand volunteers. And those with a large amount of bisphenol-A in their blood were found to be at risk of developing dangerous diseases several times more than those who refused to use plastic containers for the sake of experiment. And the most dangerous - this component contained not only bottled water, but also bottles for baby food and feeding! In addition, scientists have found that children, as well as the elderly and pregnant women are among the main risk groups for the listed diseases and the occurrence of hormonal disruptions.
Therefore, after the publication of materials on the study of plastic containers, many countries (in particular, Canada, the United States, European Union countries) refused to manufacture plastic, which contains bisphenol-A.However, in Russia, its use in the production of plastic bottles is still allowed, since the World Health Organization conducted its research, during which it found out that bisphenol is excreted from the body and does not have time to cause harm.
Bottled water - drink or not drink
What remains to be done in the end and who to believe? We offer several options.
- The first is to discard the plastic completely and go to glass containers, cleaning the water with a powerful home filter with reverse osmosis on its own. However, such home processing will be more expensive and troublesome than bottled water from the store.
- The second is to buy water only in bottles labeled BPA Free, that is, not containing this harmful substance. But there is a nuance: there were cases when bisphenol was found in small doses as part of a plastic container in which it should not have been - that is, no one can guarantee that this dangerous component will be completely removed from the packaging at the production stage.
- And the third option is to use plastic containers with great care, for example, never heat plastic.Purchased bottled water, which stands for hours in the sun somewhere on the market, or a bottle warmed by the sun and taken along for a picnic are also on the forbidden list. In addition, in plastic containers you should not keep water and food for a long time: you should regularly replace it and not use damaged containers (with scratches and cracks).
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