Health scare of the week
Plastic in bottled water
Whenever you drink bottled water, you’re probably ingesting tiny pieces of plastic. A study of 259 water bottles from the U.S. and eight other countries found that 93 percent of them were contaminated with microplastics. Researchers detected this debris, which is less than 5 mm long, using a dye that binds to plastic. On average, they found 10 plastic particles per liter of water, reports BBC.com. The 11 brands tested included Dasani, S. Pellegrino, Evian, and Aquafina. “We found [plastic] in bottle after bottle and brand after brand,” says study author Sherri Mason, from the State University of New York in Fredonia. “It’s not about pointing fingers at particular brands; it’s really showing that this is everywhere, that plastic has become such a pervasive material in our society.” It’s unclear how or when this plastic contamination occurs. More investigation is needed to determine how the accumulation of plastic in the body affects human health.