New Report Says Your Bottled Water Contains Unsafe Contaminants

The strongest case for tap water yet

As important as it is to stay hydrated, that fancy bottle of water that you just paid $3 for might be doing you more harm than good.

A shocking, recently released study conducted by a non-profit journalism organization called Orb Media, tested more than 250 bottles of water sold in nine countries, including the U.S., and found that over 90% of those bottles contained water that was contaminated by microplastic. Yes, that's nine in ten bottles.

The research tested 11 brands, five of which are popular in the U.S. and abroad: Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life, and San Pellegrino. Other brands that were found to be contaminated included leading national brands Aqua (Indonesia), Bisleri (India), Epura (Mexico), Gerolsteiner (Germany), Minalba (Brazil), and Wahaha (China).

The research found an average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter of water, which is twice the amount found in tap water, according to a previous study. What's even more concerning is that 63% of this debris consists of fragments, like polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is used to make bottle caps.

"I think it is coming through the process of bottling the water," microplastic researcher and lead author Sherri Mason of the State University of New York, told AFP. "I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself, it is coming from the cap, it is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water."

The extent of the harm that these tiny plastic particles can cause humans is unclear but Mason said that there were "connections to increases in certain kinds of cancer to lower sperm count to increases in conditions like ADHD and autism."

"We know that they are connected to these synthetic chemicals in the environment and we know that plastics are providing kind of a means to get those chemicals into our bodies," she added.

Given these risks, Mason said it's time to ditch the plastic.

"Tap water, by and large, is much safer than bottled water," said Mason.

And if you want to be extra safe, it's best to run the water through another filter, such as Brita, and put it in a metal thermos when you head to the gym! Just don't get into the "raw water" craze, as it can make you even more sick than plastic.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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