from NaturalSociety Website
Several companies have stopped using BPA in plastic production due to consumer outrage, but just because a plastic container says it is "BPA Free" doesn’t mean it’s free of potentially harmful chemicals.
As a matter of fact, recent research out of Germany (Identification of Putative Steroid Receptor Antagonists in Bottled Water) indicates there are more than 24,000 of such chemicals in any given bottle of water - with some of them causing serious hormone-disrupting effects.
According to the story from Goethe University Frankfort, the researchers tested 18 different bottled water products in an effort to look for endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. They found far more than expected, identifying 24,520 different chemicals in their testing.
After isolating the chemicals and determining their impact on the body, the researchers narrowed down those with anti-estrogenic properties to one:
This finding was of major concern.
Out of the 18 different bottled water products, 13 had "significant" anti-estrogenic activity, and 16 out of 18 inhibited the body’s androgen receptors by 90%. In other words, the bottled water was largely wrecking havoc on the human body.
In addition to DEHF, however, the researchers determined there is some yet-unidentified EDCs at work.
Something else is causing anti-androgenic effects.
Hormone disruption has the potential to cause serious effects on human life, from early maturation in children, to increased risks of certain types of cancers.
You can see one of Mike Barrett’s earlier posts outlining some of the nasty effects of BPA. The findings of this recent study, therefore, are nothing to take lightly. We’ve discussed here before how the bottled water industry may encourage you to hydrate while offering a less-than-pure, expensive product.
The researchers concluded: