Lately I have been reading that drinking from plastic water bottles can be bad for our health. Is there any truth to this or is this just a marketing ploy to sell expensive re-usable water bottles? Pat
You read right - we've been swept up by a tidal wave of reports claiming our water is being packaged in unworthy containers. The jury is still out on this issue although there is adequate evidence for concern.
In our unquenchable thirst for health, we've bought into an entire entourage of portable packaging so our water could easily be tossed into our car cup holders, bags, desk drawers and backpacks for use and re-use.
Unfortunately, many of these bottles including disposables and re-usables are said to be sleekly designed out of potentially hazardous materials. The culprit seems to be Bisphenol-A or BPA-a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies and no one likes the sound of that.
While there is still debate in the scientific community about the effects of the BPA, science suggests it is a health concern and claim this chemical, found to varying degrees in plastic bottles, makes them unsafe and possibly hazardous to the health of regular users. In fact, the Center for Disease Control says there are no safe levels of BPA in the body.
Studies continue to explore the risks of these plastic bottles containing BPA considering they have been linked to breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancer, as well as insulin resistance, type-2 diabetes and developmental problems in children. For me, it is an easy decision that when health alarms are sounded, I follow the sage advice "when in doubt-leave it out"-whether or not the health risks are substantiated.
Fortunately, bottle makers have acted quickly and offered a slew of alternatives to BPA-containing water bottles today. Still, many plastic bottles, including baby bottles, storage containers and sippy cups can still be found made from a substance commonly known as polycarbonate.