Modern living poses serious threats to our health. In the search of fresher and better water, most of us end up buying commercialized bottled water but one study published in the PLOS ONE journal claims that those plastic containers contain more than 20.000 dangerous chemicals as well as EDC or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
EDCs are a compound that is used in the process of making most plastic containers and is linked to hormonal disruptions. It was also discovered that one EDC called Bisphenol A (BPA) was used in the making of baby bottles.
A recent study conducted in the Goethe University Frankfurt discovered a shocking truth. Two experts, Martin Wagner and JorgOehlmann, teamed up with the researching team of the German Institute of Hydrology and started a search for EDCs in commercialized bottled water. They subjected 18 bottled water products to the test and discovered a total of 24520 chemicals that are used in the process of making those plastic containers via mass spectrometry and bioassay work. One of the most shocking findings was the EDC called DEHF (di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate). DEHF is and EDC used in the process of providing flexibility to plastic products but the main concern was that it was overused and uncontrolled.
Further reports that investigated the DEHF role, found that it was the number one reason for the anti-estrogenic activity. And remember, DEHF was singled out, out of 24520 other chemicals that were found to be used in the process of making those plastic containers.
The published article showed that of the 18 examined water bottle samples, 13 showed powerful anti-estrogenic activity and 16 of them impeded the androgen receptors by 90%.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the DEHF was the only harmful EDC. The combination of the other 24.000+ chemicals also proved to have a significant role in the hormonal disruptions.
Thousands of these EDCs used in the making of plastic containers have proved to be material unsafe.
Thousands of them, not just the DEHF, have a destructive effect on our endocrine system and thus mess with the regulations of the metabolism, growth and development. Thousands of them impede with the signaling system of the body and make chaos in the production and use of hormones.
“The identity and biological activity of DEHF and additional isomers of diethylhexyl fumarate and maleate have been confirmed using authentic standards. Since DEHF is anti-estrogenic and not anti-androgenic it is shown that additional and yet unidentified EDCs contribute to the antagonistic effect of bottled water”, report the researchers.
This research made revolutionary findings regards the DEHF but, it has also shown that there is a need to further investigate plastic containers that are used to store food and water in order to identify what chemicals are hazardous to our health and eliminate them from the process
It is not expected from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue or fund such a research, so we must lay our hopes in the hands of independent scientific teams or other non-government agencies.
“This research is a ‘tour de force’ in the identification of endocrine disruptors in packaged materials. This type of analysis will be very important for our future understanding of what chemicals we are routinely exposed to and which of these are hazardous endocrine disruptors.”says Bruce Blumberg from the University of California, in an article published by Chemistry World.
In the meantime, try avoiding plastic containers as much as possible and use glass or steel to store your foods and liquids to minimize any threat to your endocrine system.