What Is the Healthiest Bottled Water?

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Whether bottled water is healthy is an often-talked about topic online, between family and friends, in magazines and in other media. Regarding differences in safety between brands, the FDA has no preference of a single bottled brand over another.

Effects

Drinking bottled water does not cause cancer, even if it has been a lifelong habit.

Misconceptions

While it is true that plastics can melt into water in hot environments, the FDA considers it safe for people to drink bottled water left in hot cars.

Additionally, dioxins--a form of plastic that could cause cancer if consumed-- is not present in bottled water.

Considerations

The FDA regulates bottled water through its food safety program. The inspection ensures that a process is in place to verify that water is not contaminated either in bottling or at the source. Inspection also verifies that water is coming from an approved source, and that proper sanitization and bottling procedures are followed.

Significance

Because bottled water products have good safety records, they're put on the low priority list by the FDA for inspection.

Expert Insight

Consumers can make sure that their plastic bottles were not made with Bisphenol A (BPA) by contacting the plastic bottle manufacturer. Bisphenol A has caused debate over whether it is harmful to humans.

The label "PC" next to the recycle sign means the plastic bottle is made of polycarbonate.

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