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With that colorful story that we all could relate to, one is perplexed with a question that rattles a man’s manhood: Does water bottles in the sun give you estrogen? I have heard it before, and even though I did not go as far as believing it, I still do not drink from water bottles that have been out in the sun for the off chance that it might be true. But what are the facts? Is it really unhealthy to drink from plastic water bottles that have been out in the sun? Does it increase estrogen levels? Or is it just a lactating myth?
As far as the science goes for the estrogen-water bottle theory, heated plastic from the water bottle releases chemicals called dioxins that lead to increases in estrogen and other health problems. Big words. Big statement. Big lie?
Michael Trush, deputy director of the John Hopkins Center for Urban Environmental Health, states that plastics do not contain dioxins and that the sun’s rays are not strong enough to create them. Most water bottles in the United States are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). PET does not contain dioxins or leach any health risking estrogen inducing chemicals. You can tell whether a bottle is made of PET by the triangle on the bottle.
Guys, before you start drinking the water bottles rolling around on the passenger seat floor of your car, there is some more information you should know. There are some water bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a compound that has shown to increase estrogen in animal studies from water from heated plastic water bottles.
Guys, before you start decimating the water bottles rolling around on the passenger seat floor of your car, there is some more information you should know. Most water bottles sold in America are BPA plastic free. The best way to go about this BPA issue is sticking to reusable water bottles that state that they are BPA free. Everything will be okay.
The real harms of water bottles is the bacteria that can form upon reusing them. When reusing a water bottle, it is recommended to wash the bottle thoroughly and often. But other than that, beware of certain water bottles and guys could remain manly men.