Safest Bottled Water

By Kristina Seleshanko

Have you heard water in plastic bottles is unsafe? A long list of health problems is often mentioned, from cancer to early onset puberty. Are the rumors true? Here's what you need to know.

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Have you heard water in plastic bottles is unsafe? A long list of health problems is often mentioned, from cancer to early onset puberty. Are the rumors true? Here's what you need to know.

What's the Problem?

Bisphenol-a (BPA) is used in many plastic bottles, and studies show trace amounts of BPA leaches into the water in them.

Is it Toxic?

In animal studies, BPA may be connected to certain types of cancers and poor brain development in children. In some animal studies, puberty also appeared sooner and weight gain ensued

Or not?

There are no human BPA studies, and many scientists (including those from The National Institutes of Health) believe past BPA studies were flawed.

What Bottled Water is BPA Free?

Hard plastics almost always contain BPA, and any plastic marked with a #3 or 6 recycling symbol contains the chemical. Bottles marked with a #7 may or may not contain BPA. (#7 is a "catch all" that includes products mixing non-BPA plastics together.) In addition, canned water (and foods) almost always have a BPA liner. Therefore, look for a container with a different recycling number.

Boxed Water

Drinks in boxes (like IceBox water) are also BPA free and better for the environment.

References

About the Author

Kristina Seleshanko began adult life as a professional singer and actress, working on both the West and East coasts. She regularly sang jazz in nightclubs, performed in musical theatre, and sang opera and pop. Later, Seleshanko became the author of 18 books, and has written for such publications as "Woman's Day," "Today's Christian Woman," and "True West." Seleshanko has also been a writing coach, a research librarian for "Gourmet" magazine, and a voice teacher.

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