A New research has found that Plastic water bottles contain hundreds of thousands of toxic plastic particles. This results will shock anyone who has switched from tap water to bottled water, believing it to be better for their health.
Drinking bottled water could mean you’re contaminating your body with tiny pieces of plastic, which scientists fear could accumulate in your vital organs with unknown health effects.
Nanoplastics have already been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and birth defects. Scientists using advanced laser scanning techniques found an average of 240,000 plastic particles in a one liter water bottle, compared to 5.5 in one liter of tap water the research reports.
Researchers at Columbia University in the US tested three popular brands of bottled water sold in the US – and, using a laser, analyzed the plastic particles they contained down to just 100 nanometers in size.
According to the report, the particles – nanoplastics – are much smaller than the microplastics previously detected in bottled water. However, the particles are considered toxic because they are so small that they can directly enter blood cells and the brain.
These tiny particles carry phthalates – chemicals that make plastics more durable, flexible, and last longer. Phthalate exposure is linked to 100,000 premature deaths in the United States each year. These chemicals are known to interfere with the production of hormones in the body.
‘They are associated with developmental, reproductive, brain, immune, and other problems’, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The highest estimate found 370,000 particles.
Nanoplastics were very difficult to detect using conventional methods, which could only find microplastics ranging from 5mm to 1 micrometer – a millionth of a meter, or 1/25,000 of an inch. Nanoplastic particles are less than 1 micrometer in diameter. A groundbreaking study in 2018 found around 300 plastic particles in a liter of bottled water – but researchers were limited by their measurement methods at the time. Research is now underway around the world to assess potential harmful effects.