Don’t Drink the (Warm) Water

Have you ever left your plastic bottle of water somewhere warm for a long time, and then proceeded to drink from it? A recent study from the University of Florida shows that plastic water bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate releases chemicals antimony and bisphenol A, also known as BPA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration say BPA is not a major concern in the low levels that are found in beverage containers. Lena Ma, UF soil and water science professor, led a study that showed BPA being released in 16 different brands of bottled water at 158 degrees Fahrenheit for four weeks. The study that Ma conducted found that over the four-week period, that antimony and BPA levels increased.

“More attention should be given to other drinks packaged with polyethylene terephthalate plastic, such as milk, coffee and acidic juice,” Ma said. “We only tested the pure water. If it is acidic juice, the story may be different.”

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