Choosing Safe Water Bottles
Without Bisphenol A
Most people don't think about the dangers of bisphenol A which is most likely in your water bottles. Have you ever refilled a disposable water bottle or drank from one of those bright colorful plastic bottles or worse yet warmed a plastic bottle in the microwave for your baby?
One of the biggest concerns are the bottles that are made with polycarbonate.
They are usually attractive and brightly colored bottles but they contain a chemical called bisphenol A, bpa for short, and it's risks are causing alarm all over the world. While not wide spread yet, legislation banning it's use is being passed in
and countries. BPA Facts
As the bpa breaks down, it leaches into the water that is in the bottle. To choose safe plastic water bottles read the bottom of the bottle. For instance, safe bottles will have labels that show a recycling number of #2 HDPE, (high density polyethylene), #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) or #5 PP (polypropylene).
If you find a #7 on the bottle, usually on polycarbonate bottles, it contains bisphenol A. Switch to a bpa free bottle. If it is a hard plastic bottle, look for a #1 for a safe container.
Better yet get a reusable stainless steel bottle. Reusing Plastic Water Bottles
Most prefilled water bottles are usually a #1 and most people are unaware that they are meant for one use only. Reusing plastic water bottles is not advised. Especially after sitting in a hot car. If you tast plastic when you take a drink, you are drinking plastic.
When you think about all of those plastic one time use bottles that are headed for our landfills, it is wise and prudent to purchase a safe reusable water bottle. Many health experts recommend stainless steel as the bottle of choice.Dangers of BPA
Water bottles are not the only things made from polycarbonate. CDs, iPods, electronics casings, sunglasses are just a few, so be careful and don't allow children and babies to suck on them.
BPA is known as a xenoestrogen which is a know endocrine disruptor. In other words, when ingested in the body it disrupts the normal hormonal processes of the body and can have a harmful affect the body.
It is believed that BPA in the body is linked to breast and uterine cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. And when you heat these bottles for your babies, bpa it could leach out at even higher levels. Just be aware and strive to find the healthiest choices for family.
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