Drinking bottled water is something we are all guilty of, but many of us don’t even know that it’s something to feel guilty about in the first place. In fact, drinking bottled water has almost become a way of life for many Americans. People are often skeptical of tap water and think it’s not as safe as drinking bottled water. Some people refuse to drink tap simply because they don’t like the taste. The distaste for tap water doesn’t have a lot of basis in fact. Thanks to the Safe Water Drinking Act, almost all public tap water is drinkable and delicious. Still, sometimes the sight of a cold water bottle is just too tempting to pass up. However, it turns out that there are plenty of reasons to resist temptation. There are a ton of really good reasons you should consider skipping bottled water altogether. Scroll through to learn more about the dangers of drinking bottled water.
1. Plastic Bottles Leach Chemicals
You’ve probably noticed that plastic water bottles become softer after being left in the sun. The plastic can fully melt if enough heat is present. Moreover, bottled water can sometimes taste a little plastic-y, and that’s not just a coincidence. According to NPR, chemicals in plastic products can leach in and contaminate the container’s contents. The biggest culprit of this is BPA, an industrial chemical in plastics that acts like a hormone and can impact the brain development of babies. Even plastics that are labeled BPA-free often test positive for other dangerous compounds.
2. A Lot Of Bottled Water Comes From The Tap Anyway
Commercials for bottled water lead us to believe that our H2O is being sourced from heavenly springs with all sorts of healthy properties. The reality, however, looks a lot more like the inside of a factory. TODAY estimates that up to 25% of bottled water being sold is actually just filled with tap water before being sealed. Words like “purified” or “drinking water” lead us to believe that bottled water was filled at an oasis, but it’s actually coded for the tap. Many of the most popular and least expensive brands are guilty of this.