Be Careful When Choosing A Reusable Water Bottle

Several people have asked me recently about reusable water bottles. Here are some simple rules to follow.

1. BPA FREE BPA FREE BPA FREE

So I don’t have to say it again, make sure whatever you chose is BPA FREE. BPA is all over the news today, I don’t have to tell you about the dangers of this chemical. It comes from certain plastics and can liners and bottom line, it’s bad for you. If it doesn’t say BPA free, it probably contains BPA.

2. You already know that if you’re going plastic, go BPA free, but what about metal bottles? You may not know that they can contain BPA as well. This is common in aluminum bottles. Since aluminum isn’t a metal that you would want to drink directly out of, the inside of aluminum water bottles is coated with an epoxy or resin that can contain BPA. Recently Sigg water bottles were found to have BPA in their linings. Thankfully, they quickly changed their lining to something that doesn’t contain BPA. However, they aren’t saying what chemicals are in the new lining leaving open the possibility that the new lining may contain other harmful chemicals.

3. Look for stainless steel. It’s been long known that stainless steel and food go hand in hand. Food preparation surfaces, bowls, tools, all in stainless steel, it’s no wonder it’s a good choice for a water bottle. Stainless steel does not leach anything into your food or water. From surgical instruments to food preparation stainless steel is the number one choice. And for a good reason.

The bottom line. You never know what the future holds. You never know what chemicals scientists are going to discover next in our products that we shouldn’t be exposed to. So take the safe bet. Stainless steel has a long standing history of being completely safe. Plastic and lined aluminum cans are constantly changing and are made from materials that aren’t always well studied. Although some plastic and lined aluminum water bottles may not contain BPA, they may contain other chemicals that we haven’t discovered yet that could leach into our food and water. So go stainless steel. It’s clearly the safest material we could chose for our water bottles.

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