Researchers in Germany have identified endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in samples of commercial bottled water. The researchers collected samples from 18 bottled water products purchased in supermarkets in Germany, France, and Italy to search for instances of anitestrogenic and antiandrogenic substances, which block the production and utilization of female and male hormones. Out of the 18 bottled water samples, 13 displayed antiestrogenic activity and 16 samples displayed antiandrogenic activity. The study also revealed 24,520 different chemicals in the water samples.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), like antiestrogenic and antiandrogenic substances are found in man-made compounds that are used in many plastics used to store food or water. At certain doses EDCs can interfere with the hormone systems in humans and other mammals. These disruptions may cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders, like learning disabilities.

Why risk drinking water that may have endocrine-disrupting chemicals from the plastic bottle? Switch the alternative – filtered drinking water from a bottle-less water cooler.