Forget cholesterol, lack of exercise, alcohol and the other 8,475 things you worry about killing you. My sister visited last weekend and announced that water bottles leached a chemical that "imitated female hormones" or some such. Initially, I was delighted-- I need some additional female hormones. Apparently, it's a little more than just a shot of estrogen. According to an article on MSNBC.com, "The chemical has been linked to neurological and behavioral problems in infants and babies, along with certain cancers, diabetes and obesity." Oh.
Well, never fear, Nalgene and Camelbak have announced they are switching to BPA (bisphenol A)-free bottles. Camelbak's will be available May 1. A little fun fact I learned from Camelbak's website: The 7 with arrows around it is a recycling symbol, but does not necessarily indicate that the bottle was made with polycarbonate (the offensive plastic containing BPA). All polycarbonate bottles are #7's, but not all #7's are polycarbonate. I guess you have to check with the manufacturer. And the manufacturers still say that polycarbonate bottles are safe, but a panel with the National Institute of Health says “the potential for BPA to impact human health is a concern, and more research is clearly needed.”
Now I have been justified in my practice of drinking Diet Coke and limiting my water intake.
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