So many people are completely unaware that many bottled waters and plastics contain toxins, even if they’ve taken out the BPA.

Plastic isn’t just bad for the planet. It’s not good for you either.

Bottled water companies increasingly use BPA-free plastic, but laced into plastic bottles are other chemicals that can seep out. Some of these chemicals have been shown to cause hormone imbalances and linked to various types of cancer, obesity and neurological disorders. In addition, may act as possible endocrine disruptors.

There is a growing appetite for reusable food and drink storage products that are safe to use. You only have to visit your local supermarket to see some of these products screaming “BPA-free” on their accompanying labels. After all, it’s ridiculous to constantly buy bottled water only to throw the bottle away each time. And even if you end up reusing those bottles, they could still potentially be harmful due to the leaching of chemicals into the water.

There is no doubt these experiments further the evidence of widespread contamination from plastic. In fact, a Harvard study showed participants’ BPA levels increase after just one week of drinking from plastic bottles. But even removing just this one compound may not be enough.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is the main polymer used to produce plastic bottles, and has previously been shown to affect the hormonal system.

Research has shown BPA can mimic the neurological properties of estrogen. However, a more recent investigation published in Environmental Health Perspectives has shown that in some cases, BPA-free PET containers might leach more oestrogen-like chemicals.

BPA has been shown as toxic in humans in previous studies. For example, the substance is known to be disruptive to the endocrine system, or the hormonal system, through the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a large gland in the neck, regulating growth by secreting hormones.

The compound has been implicated in the increased occurrence of obesity, where urine analysis was also used to compare BPA exposure with body mass index measurements. It’s also been shown to affect brain and behavioral development in children.

Original article can be found at: Why is Plastic so bad for you and your health, interesting read on a Harvard Study

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