Health Hazards Associated with Plastic Bottles
Today, many of us still purchase plastic bottles of juices, waters, etc. completely, or at least partially, unaware of the hazards associated with these plastic bottles.
Lexan polycarbonate was found in 1953 as a chemical used to produce plastic bottles. It is also used in computers, compact discs, and baby bottles. Many think that the Lexan does not have effect on the liquids stored in the bottle and assume it is safe, but research has proven otherwise.
The plastic bottles made using Polyethylene Terephthalate, or polycarbonate, allow resin to leak out called Bisphenol-A (BPA) which is a powerful hormone disruptor. This chemical damages the reproductive organs because it disturbs the natural hormonal system of the body.
Further, BPA induces an adverse effect on the development of breast tissue, development of prostate, as well as tumors. Bisphenol -A (BPA) leaks into foods and liquids stored in the plastic bottle when it is used repeatedly.
The chemicals enter into the contents of the plastic bottle when it is exposed to heat and cleaning soaps. When you place the bottle in the car for a long time or while cleaning it with detergents, the chemical ends up getting released into the content of the plastic bottle.
This chemical is also capable of damaging the development system in children; this is a warning to parents as baby bottles and other bottles used by children are made out of plastic containing BPA. Many parents do not mind reusing the plastic bottles since they are unaware about the health hazards associated with them.
So experts advise not to reuse bottles made out of plastic #1 polyethylene terephthalate, also called as PET or PETE. So, be sure to check the bottom of every bottle you purchase, and if you see the number "1", don't purchase it.
Everyone should learn about Plastic Bottle Health Hazards and should avoid reusing of plastic bottles. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post below!
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