You can trust glass, but you can’t trust plastic for water bottles, dishes or other uses. While a small percentage are safe, no reliable guide exists, thus damning all plastics that contacts anything you put in your body.
“BPA free” no guarantee
Significantly, most plastics that claim to be “BPA Free” just have different types of plastic, but they still emit artificial hormones. That also applies to metal water bottles (often have plastic lining) and those made of Tritan which falsely claims to be free of them.
Our family has recently started using glass water bottles from LifeFactory. It has a silicone sheath to protect against breakage. We’ve emailed the company to see if they have conducted any durability tests.
Remember also, that the linings of food and drink cans are lined with plastic as are most paper-based cups and plates. When you can’t find (or don’t have time) for fresh fruits and veggies, look for those packed in glass. And remember that frozen veggies are packed in plastic. We will do some work in the future to determine whether those are a source of estrogenic action.
Why should you care?
The largest scientific study of its type so far — Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals: A Potential Health Problem That Can Be Solved — has found that 92 percent of all plastics can leach artificial hormone substances into liquids or foods. The best known of these plastics are those containing BPA, but that is but one of thousands of similar, unregulated chemicals in use.
Hundreds of published scientific studies have shown that substances can cause or promote cancer, infertility, Alzheimer’s Disease, obesity, type-2 diabetes, birth and developmental problems and other serious health issues.
Who should you trust?
This publication (Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: An Endocrine Society Scientific Statement) from the the world’s premier medical and scientific group involved with these disorders, summarizes the extend of the problem:
“Endocrine disruptors have effects on male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology.
“Results from animal models, human clinical observations, and epidemiological studies converge to implicate EDCs as a significant concern to public health.”