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5 Secret Dangers of Drinking Bottled Water

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Samantha Leffler of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 6: Packaged water is typically marketed as being cleaner and safer to drink than tap water. However, just because it comes tightly enclosed in a bottle instead of flowing out of a decades-old faucet doesn't make any better for you. Numerous studies have found that some of the fancy bottled stuff (which often boasts that it comes from far away glaciers and streams) may actually contain harmful substances that have the potential to make you sick.This is in part because of the different regulatory systems that are in place. While municipal water systems must notify their customers of test results showing contamination that could pose an immediate health risk, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, companies that bottle water don't operate with the same safeguards in place.In fact, the bottled water industry is largely self-policing. While the FDA requires bottled water to be free of E. coli and sets limits for numerous other contaminants, the agency generally doesn't test the water itself. Instead, it relies on bottlers to periodically conduct their own tests and to keep those records on hand for FDA inspectors when they visit. In other words, if there's E. coli in your tap water, you'll be notified in a timely fashion, but you may be completely unaware if the same bacteria is present in your bottled water."Bottled water is marketed as though it's cleaner than tap, but numerous studies show it's definitely not cleaner," explained Sherri Mason, the author of an extensive 2018 study on bottled water and a sustainability researcher at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. "Based on all the data we have, you're going to be drinking significantly less plastic from tap water out of a glass than if you go and buy bottled water."That's why you must know about the five secret dangers of bottled water. And for more mistakes you're making when hydrating there are always these 16 Ways You're Drinking Water Wrong.

5 Secret Dangers of Drinking Bottled Water

Packaged water is typically marketed as being cleaner and safer to drink than tap water. However, just because it comes tightly enclosed in a bottle instead of flowing out of a decades-old faucet doesn't make any better for you. Numerous studies have found that some of the fancy bottled stuff (which often boasts that it comes from far away glaciers and streams) may actually contain harmful substances that have the potential to make you sick.

This is in part because of the different regulatory systems that are in place. While municipal water systems must notify their customers of test results showing contamination that could pose an immediate health risk, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, companies that bottle water don't operate with the same safeguards in place.

In fact, the bottled water industry is largely self-policing. While the FDA requires bottled water to be free of E. coli and sets limits for numerous other contaminants, the agency generally doesn't test the water itself. Instead, it relies on bottlers to periodically conduct their own tests and to keep those records on hand for FDA inspectors when they visit. In other words, if there's E. coli in your tap water, you'll be notified in a timely fashion, but you may be completely unaware if the same bacteria is present in your bottled water.

"Bottled water is marketed as though it's cleaner than tap, but numerous studies show it's definitely not cleaner," explained Sherri Mason, the author of an extensive 2018 study on bottled water and a sustainability researcher at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. "Based on all the data we have, you're going to be drinking significantly less plastic from tap water out of a glass than if you go and buy bottled water."

That's why you must know about the five secret dangers of bottled water. And for more mistakes you're making when hydrating there are always these 16 Ways You're Drinking Water Wrong.

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