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Is BPA-free bottled water a safer alternative?

Is BPA-free bottled water a safer alternative?

Using "BPA-free" plastic products could be as harmful to human health -- including a developing brain -- as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists in a new study led by the University of Missouri and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

While BPA-free bottled water is often advertised as a "safer" alternative, that is far from truth. In fact, there have been multiple studies that indicate chemicals marketed as BPA-free (BPS, BPF, BPAF, etc.) have the same harmful effect as BPA.

What’s more, the study underlines a broader issue in commercial compound development: When chemicals are removed from the market, they're often replaced by others that not only look similar—but act similarly in our bodies. It's only a matter of time until enough research catches up to the truth to BPA-free chemicals. Don't fall prey to "BPA-free" marketing.

We have to play catch up as disease detectives … likening it to a game of “chemical whack-a-mole.”


National Geographic

Department of Environmental Health Science

University of Missouri-Columbia

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