in Plastic Bottled Water
Potent Estrogens Found in Plastic Bottled
Researchers in Germany analyzed
commercially available mineral water and detected estrogenic contamination in 60% of all samples. Some of the
bottled water samples had an equivalent to 75.2 ng/l of the sex hormone 17beta-estradiol. The elevated
estrogen levels increased the reproductive output of snails grown in the water inside the plastic
The water bottles contained polyethylene terephthalate
concluded that widespread contamination of mineral water with xenoestrogens at least partly originates from
compounds leaching from the plastic packaging material. These chemical possess potent estrogenic
A broader range of food items may be contaminated with endocrine (hormone) disruptors
when packed in plastics.
Polyethylene terephthalate is commonly abbreviated as PET, PETE or the near obsolete PETP
and PET-P. PET has a recycle code of 1. Yes, Check your plastic bottles for this recycle code symbol. Most
water bottles and soda bottles contain PET.
All plastics appear to have an estrogenic effects on all living organisms. These estrogenic
effects include stimulation of cells to grow inappropriately and have a feminization effect on all
We should limit our exposure and use of plastics when ever possible. The same goes for
Styrofoam. Use glass or stainless steel containers whenever possible.
Keith D. Bishop is a Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy and Natural Care
He owns www.ToxicWaterSolution.com , www.NaturalCareSolution.com
, and www.NaturalCancerReports.com .
by Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy - May 1, 2009
Reference Source: Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2009 Mar 10.
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