Stop Freaking Out Over Plastic Bottles: They're Not Leaching Toxins Into Your Water

Plastic water bottles aren't silent killers, even if you leave them out in the heat. They're perfectly safe. Brian Dunning, of myth-busting web series inFact, explains why.

Image: Steven Depolo.

[P]lastics are complicated compounds and do contain all sorts of scary sounding chemicals. The one getting the most headlines now is BPA, bisphenol-A. The latest studies have found that BPA may potentially affect the brain, behaviour and prostate glands in foetuses and infants. Wow! So are BPA and other toxins still used? The answer: Yes.

BPA can be a dangerous chemical if over-consumed, but the amount that ends up in your water isn't going to harm you. You'd be more likely to hurt by drinking too much water out of plastic bottles before that could happen. Most anything can be bad in excess, but in small amounts there isn't cause for concern. Watch the above video for the full story, and stop worrying about that bottle of water you left in your glove compartment. It hasn't turned to poison.

Plastic Water Bottles [inFact]


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    I buy metal bottle not for their chemical makeup but for their longevity.

    Infact, there is no fact in this video...

    Bisphenol A is a weak endocrine disruptor, which can mimic estrogen and may lead to negative health effects.[37][38][39][40] Early developmental stages appear to be the period of greatest sensitivity to its effects,[41] and some studies have linked prenatal exposure to later neurological difficulties. Regulatory bodies have determined safety levels for humans, but those safety levels are currently being questioned or are under review as a result of new scientific studies.[42][43] A 2011 study that investigated the number of chemicals pregnant women are exposed to in the U.S. found BPA in 96% of women.[44]
    In 2009, The Endocrine Society released a statement citing the adverse effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and the controversy surrounding BPA.[45]
    In 2011, the chief scientist of the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency commented on a study on dietary exposure of adult humans to BPA performed by the EPA,[46] saying, "This corroborates other independent studies and adds to the evidence that BPA is rapidly absorbed, detoxified, and eliminated from humans – therefore is not a health concern."[47] In the study 20 subjects were tested for BPA every hour for twenty-four hours while consuming three meals consisting of canned food.[46]
    In 2012 a paper was written in response to this study, however, criticizing the study as lacking data and having flawed assumptions.[48]
    Overall, empirical evidence supporting the negative health effects of BPA varies significantly across studies. Opinions vary greatly about the health effects of BPA. Some studies conclude that BPA poses no health risks while others state that BPA causes a number of adverse health effects. In general, the European’s Scientific Committee on Food, the EUs European Chemicals Bureau, the European Food Safety Authority, and the US Food and Drug Administration have concluded that current levels of BPA present no risk to the general population. However, experts in the field of endocrine disruptors have stated that the entire population may suffer adverse health effects from current BPA levels.[49] Experts advise readers of scientific studies to consider who conducted the study, what their affiliations are, and what the purpose of the study was.

      if you would like to reference peer reviewed scientific publications instead of copy/paste Wikipedia, i might listen to you. Wikipedia is often a consensus of fools

      Lol please never ever cite as your main source of argument.

        *wikipedia

    I suspect you mean "leaching".

    Plastic water bottles ARE silent killers, just take a look at the Pacific Garbage Island.

    video sponsored by water bottlers association? Every country is phasing out BPA in containers. Who's this inFact guy, what are his credentials?

      Too keep in perspective - Who's this drake evans guy, what are your credentials?

      At least that guy made a video that comes up in LH - however Lul'd...

    This is Brian Dunning, he makes a massive podcast called Skeptoid, which is very good.

    Also all his research is very through (all peer reviewed articled) and can be seen on the skeptoid website.. as opposed to Wikipedia.

    Funny he does a listener feedback episode every so often and people always say the same things here. Ie: he is being payed by big pharma

      Oh, so podcasts are way more reliable than wikipedia. lol.

    I avoid drinking from plastic water bottles by drinking water from the lavatory bowl.
    Woof!!

    This is a sadly uninformed post by Lifehacker. Plastic bottles are toxic and that includes those which are not made with BPA. Wake up.

    And if you're going to quote a source, try to get more than one - and especially not a source that has a financial interest!!! Good lord.

      6/10.
      Must troll harder.

    > "You’d be more likely to hurt by drinking too much water out of plastic bottles before that could happen."

    What on earth does this sentence mean? I honestly don't understand it.

    Seems to me the source author is saying we should just trust commercial companies to not put us a risk...
    I think I'm more inclined to believe government agencies who are restricting or banning BPA, thanks anyway.

      LOL yeah, cause government agencies always do the research. In fact, these government agencies even say that their ban on BPA plastics is "precautionary" and have no solid case for their bans. These agencies are also the ones who say "people should not have guns to protect yourself" so now everybody is getting stabbed with knives and robbed in the middle of the day. lol Smart post though.......

    Here's another view of bottled water. If we all stopped buying bottled water, we wouldn't have this discussion, we would save a lot of money AND help minimise the environmental impact of all the plastic bottles - toxic or not.
    http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-bottled-water/

    I like my water out of the tap with crypto and giardia like tall men.

    I like my water out of the tap with crypto and giardia like real men.

    hyponatremia is what you need to look up for "too much water"

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