Question: What’s your stance on bottled water? Some people tell me I shouldn’t drink it because the plastic bottles are poisonous. Others tell me I should steer clear of tap water because of fluoride and chlorine. What should I do?
Dr. Wright: Most municipal water supplies do contain fluoride and chlorine, which have both been implicated in numerous health concerns. So bottled water does seem like the wise alternative.
However, the plastic bottles holding that water often contain a substance called bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that mimics estrogen activity in both humans and animals. Bisphenol A is a potential carcinogen and may also increase your risk of Type II diabetes.
Unfortunately, avoiding it isn’t as easy as boycotting bottled water: Bisphenol A is one of the 50 top-produced chemicals in the world. And in addition to being the building block of most plastic products, it’s also one of the primary ingredients in the resins used to line over 100 billion different canned products.
Of course, Bisphenol A has been in the news lately–and people are finally starting to catch on to its dangers. But who knows how long it will be until it’s wiped out from the supermarket shelves?
In the meantime, invest in a high-quality water filter that will eliminate the potentially harmful chemicals from your tap water (and make sure to use only filtered water to make ice cubes).
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