For a long time we have known that processed foods are bad for us. But did you know that bottled water could be bad too? It's all because of the packaging. For example, Dateline anchor Andrea Canning recently tested her urine and that of her daughters to determine the amount of toxins in her body. She found contaminants such as BPA, phthalates, and triclosan. These hormone disruptors cause severe anxiety in mice and rats, of the same kind that leads to ADHD. This explains the attention-deficit epidemic among American children (which is probably furthered by prescription-happy psychiatrists and prescription drug monopolies). Research also indicates that these hormonal disorders can lead to obesity, autism and infertility.
These chemicals are not only in processed foods– they're in makeup, cleaning solutions, frozen and canned foods as well as diet sodas, plastic bags, paper money, and antibacterial soaps. The second part of Mrs. Canning's experiment was to switch to eat organic, fresh foods. Almost as soon as she did, the levels of chemicals in her body dropped precipitously.
Whole Foods also has encouraged their suppliers to transition from cans and plastics to paperboard cartons instead. Their stance is decidedly against packaging that contains BPA, which they note has been linked to cardiovascular disease, and which is also undergoing further research in order to determine any other potential side effects.
Many people are still unaware about BPA and other plastics' effects on our bodies, especially when we drink bottle water. But over the past five years awareness has increased widely among microwave-users and processed-food-eaters, especially in light of the organic and fresh food movements that have swept the country. When it comes to bottled water, people are greatly unaware that companies such as Poland Spring have bottles that may in theory be ecologically friendly, but in reality contain BPA that leeches into the water, especially when placed in the sun or when touched with sticky hands .
It may take a few more years for bottled water companies to move away from BPA-packaging, but in the meantime, it's a good idea to move toward bottled artesian water. Artesian water is the equivalent of organic food, and its packaging correlates too. If you have ever drunk a bottle of Poland Spring water, you are at risk. A new study shows that BPA is linked to childhood obesity.
Almost one third of US children are overweight or obese. According to the CDCP, this percentage has tripled over the past thirty years. While lack of exercise and poor diet are the main causes of this epidemic, children with BPA in their urine are more likely to be obese.
So, if we extrapolate, drinking Poland Spring can lead to obesity. Why would you pay to drink this water, when you can drink water of the same quality – without any risk of becoming overweight – from the tap? If you're going to pay for water, pay for water that comes from an artesian aquifer, water that has a specific flavor and a sense of place when you drink it.
A mineral water with a 100% recyclable BPA-free bottle is the way to go. Aquacai tastes better, is better for the environment and it will not make you fat. A premium water is 100% good for you.