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Are Bottled Water and Canned Foods Secretly Making You Fat?

Updated on June 20, 2016
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C. E. Clark believes it is her duty and responsibility as a researcher and writer to bring important information to her readers .

BPA Is a Known Toxin

BPA, bisphenol A. is an industrial chemical (sometimes referred to as an environmental estrogen or an endocrinal disruptor) used to make plastic food containers, including among other things, water bottles and baby bottles.

BPA is even used to line the interior of tin and aluminum cans that contain beer, soda, fruits, vegetables, processed foods, and more. The inside of some water supply lines are coated with it, too. The water supply lines are what bring water to the faucets in your home as well as those in restaurants and factories.

BPA can leach into the contents of plastic containers, containers lined in plastic, and is even more likely to do so if the container is heated, whether in a microwave, or just sitting in the sun or next to a heat source.

Science Daily reports that the temperature of the contents of the container is more important than the age of the container when it comes to likelihood of leaching toxins. The cumulative affect of this toxin on the human body is not certain, but scientists believe that there definitely is an adverse affect.

"Several states have passed legislation banning the use of BPA in reusable food and drink containers, and manufacturers are no longer allowed to use BPA-based materials in baby bottles, sippy cups, and infant formula packaging nationwide.Despite years of attracting national headlines, the chemical’s prevalence in common food items and packaging was largely unknown—until now. A comprehensive searchable list of items whose packaging might expose consumers to BPA is available at the EWG website (The Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization)." (Mother Jones, Erica Langston: June 2016).


BPAs used in the manufacture of plastic that lines aluminum cans can make you fat!

Aluminum cans containing soft drinks, beer, and a variety of other contents are lined with plastic that bleeds BPAs into the contents when just the slightest amount of heat is applied to the can.
Aluminum cans containing soft drinks, beer, and a variety of other contents are lined with plastic that bleeds BPAs into the contents when just the slightest amount of heat is applied to the can. | Source

BPA Is Implicated In New Research On Obesity

Most people feel that everyone is responsible for their own obesity because they do not exercise discipline and control when it comes to food and drinks. Mother Jones makes clear that industry marketing is a powerful influence on everyone, but especially on children. Everyone is not the same. Some people are better at saying no to advertising and temptation than others.

Even more importantly, the evidence is piling up. Scientific testing shows that “certain industrial chemicals in food, often at very low levels, changes the way people metabolize calories and can lead to weight gain,” (Mother Jones). These chemicals are sometimes referred to as ‘obesogens.’

While BPA is not the only harmful chemical suspected of causing health problems, it is the most common in the many different products most people use. Research has found that BPA is found in 90% of the urine samples of Americans in levels considered harmful.


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BPAs used in the manufacture of plastic bottles can make you fat!

When even a small amount of heat is applied to these plastic bottles containing water or other liquids, BPAs are released into the contents in the bottle.
When even a small amount of heat is applied to these plastic bottles containing water or other liquids, BPAs are released into the contents in the bottle. | Source

BADGE – Another Toxin That Is Even More Potent to Make You Fat

Another product that is an epoxy resin made from BPA and is even more inclined to make animals and people fat is called BADGE for short (bisphenol A diglycidyl ether). Scientists say it is an even more potent obesogen than BPA and can do its damage with only 3 parts per billion!

In addition to adding fat cells and making the fat cells you already have bigger, it encourages glucose intolerance or what you may have heard called pre-diabetes. BADGE is part of what is used in the linings of aluminum and tin cans and easily breaks down into a toxin that causes fat cells when heat is present. Any heat, as with being left in a closed up car in Texas when the outside temperature is hot and the inside temperature of the car is hotter -- or when simply left in the sun shining through the window of your car or home.

It would seem there are worse things to be found in factory packed vegetables and fruits than worms, bugs, and mouse or rat feces these days.

As Tom Philpott writes for Mother Jones, this research “strongly suggests that at least some of our obesity problem stems not from personal choice but rather from decisions made behind closed doors by the food and chemical industries, which have found it profitable to put this stuff in our food containers.”


Plastic containing BPAs lines all tin and aluminum cans and can make you fat!

Tin and aluminum cans that contain food products are lined with plastic in order to prevent metal from bleeding into the contents, but the slightest bit of heat will cause the BPAs to break down and seep into the contents of the can.  Equally bad.
Tin and aluminum cans that contain food products are lined with plastic in order to prevent metal from bleeding into the contents, but the slightest bit of heat will cause the BPAs to break down and seep into the contents of the can. Equally bad. | Source

National Study of Children Finds the Link Between BPA and Obesity Affecting Only White Children

NBC News Health reports that the more BPA a child had in their urine when tested, the more likely they were to be obese. Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at the New York University School of Medicine says that while it is a given that poor diet and lack of exercise will contribute to a weight problem, the national study reported on in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests there is much more to obesity than those two simple things.

What may seem odd and baffles researchers is that the findings linking high BPA levels and obesity only affected white children. African American and Hispanic children seemed not to be affected. More research will obviously be done to try to understand this finding.

The study also determined that even children who were not eating more calories than required were affected as much by high BPA levels as children who were eating too many high calorie foods.

93% of people over the age of 6 in the U.S. have ‘detectable levels’ of BPA in their urine. BADGE, an epoxy resin previously discussed above is used to coat the insides of cans to prevent the leaching of metals into food. Ironically, the BADGE is itself leaching into the food and causing problems that are still being studied in order to determine exactly what affects it is having (in addition to weight gain) and how it is causing those affects.

It would seem that the best weight loss diet would be to cut out foods stored in plastic containers, or containers lined with plastic resin. Unfortunately, it is not yet known how long it takes to get all of the BPA out of a person’s system once it is in there, or if that can be done at all.


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Still More Culprits That Can Make You Fat

BPA and BADGE are just 2 of the things that are believed to contribute to the explosion of obesity in this country. There are many more that may be affecting how your scales are tipping these days, some of which will surprise you, because you would never have suspected them of sabotaging your diet. To find out what they are you can read my article called, “Things (Besides Food) That Can Make You Fat -- Being Overweight May Not Be Your Fault!


In addition to the myriad of things listed and discussed in the above mentioned article, there is another article that deals entirely with diet drinks that contain artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are fed to livestock to fatten them up before sending them to market. That’s right, artificial sweeteners are fed to livestock to fatten them up, and it works or they wouldn’t do it. Read about it here: Diet Drinks and Artificial Sweeteners Can Make You Fat!


Sources:

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bpa/AN01955


Science Daily

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080130092108.htm


Mother Jones: BPA makes you fat (2 documents)

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/05/bpa-fat-obese-badge-cans

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/06/10-surprising-snacks-that-may-have-BPA-hersheys-jif


Bottled water and canned foods can make you fat

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/bpa-may-boost-obesity-kids-study-finds-1B5955091


Huffington Post: Toxins including plastic can make you fat

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/detox-tips_b_1289488.html


Howstuffworks

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/bpa.htm


Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/04/28/best-bpa-free-water-bottles/


USA Today

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/bpa.htm


National Geographic

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/geopedia/Bisphenol_A


CNN.com

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/18/chemical-bpa-linked-to-childrens-obesity/


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    • Au fait profile image
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      C E Clark 2 months ago from North Texas

      Audrey Hunt (Vocalcoach), thank you for reading and commenting on this article!

      Almost everything in our world is made up of chemicals, including our own bodies. Hormones are essentially chemicals, as are food nutrients, and many other substances, so the answer is no, all chemicals are not harmful.

      A lot of people don't stop to think about what makes up so many of the things in our world that are good for us and even necessary, and are also chemicals. This was pointed out to me in one of my science classes at the university, and I really hadn't though much about it before that, and was inclined like many people to think the word chemical applied to bad things. In fact it applies to both good and bad because almost everything in our world is a substance of some kind or other.

      Unfortunately, lots of people have to buy the bottled water because of their lifestyles. They can't haul a frig or a gallon of filtered water around with them all day.

      I agree whenever possible that people should refuse to buy certain products and we should all advocate for more healthful products. The bottles could actually be glass. Water, or fruit juice, or soda pop that gets a little warm in a glass bottle doesn't get toxic. There are other safety issues, but at least one isn't drinking poison.

      I like your idea of making industry listen to us and start producing more healthful products. I think we must first educate the public to stop putting up with whatever industry puts out for us and stop thinking nothing they do is going to make any difference anyway, so may as well just keep drinking the poison out of the plastic containers.

      So the first problem is getting people to understand that they CAN make a difference, especially working with other like-minded people. Lots of people are speaking up nowadays, but not nearly enough. If it were enough we would have resolved these issues already.

      So much information is available these days, yet few people seem interested in learning and becoming informed and involved. Today ignorance is a choice. I think it mainly amounts to laziness and fear of looking silly because laziness fits in more often and activism may not fit into a particular person's circle of friends/family.

      I really liked your article on how to avoid getting the common cold and it's people like you and I who must keep trying to get people interested in looking out for ourselves because industry is in it for the money and whatever it takes to get it. They don't care how it effects us and so we have to educate people to care about themselves and then about their families, friends, and neighbors, etc. If we all stuck together, as you pointed out, we could make changes.

      Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm saving this to pass on to others and to review for myself. No more bottled water for this kid. I'll stick to the purified, filter we have at home.

      Manufactures could care less about the health and welfare of the population. All they see are dollar signs. If everyone of us refused to buy products using harmful chemicals (aren't all chemicals harmful?) the big guns would have to listen and make some long overdue changes.

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      C E Clark 12 months ago from North Texas

      PegCole17, your comment is right on point. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, and for taking time to read and comment on this article! There are a gazillion things that are making people fat, and with so many different ones that most people aren't even aware of, it would make it very hard to keep excess weight off.

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      Peg Cole 12 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      It really makes sense that we are doing something different from the days of glass only that has caused such an increase in the level of obesity. Your article points out the many different items that contain these substances and I presume, so many that we overlook, like the reservoirs of our coffee makers, the storage bags and containers we use for leftovers, milk and juice cartons, and more. These results are something that needs lots of exposure. Sharing this.

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      C E Clark 12 months ago from North Texas

      Shyron, thank you for sharing this article, and for all that you do!

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      C E Clark 13 months ago from North Texas

      Peggy W., thank you for sharing this article again! Yes it is HOT! I'm glad you are taking precautions regarding plastic bottles. I updated this article already in the first section, last paragraph. :)

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      Peggy Woods 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes there have been drownings from people purposely driving into water. Obviously they think it is shallow enough and that they can make it through not realizing just how little it takes to float a vehicle and lose control. There are all kinds of signs posted when we get those torrential rains which say "Turn around, don't drown!" The city has been putting more barricades up in spots that typically pose a danger...but it takes manpower to get them all installed at the right time.

      Sharing your article once again. It is hot, hot, hot now and I know it is the same up in your area. Drinking lots of water...but not from plastic bottles.

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am back because I see that you updated this hub and it is so informative that I am back to share it with all our followers.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 13 months ago from North Texas

      Valkaras, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this subject. Indeed, genetics play the biggest part in our health and what our bodies can withstand or not. However BPAs are known carcinogens. As is nicotine. Regarding smoking, one need not ever smoke a single tobacco product so long as they have a good friend, coworker, neighbor, or relative who will keep them well supplied with second-hand smoke. Take care . . .

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      Vladimir Karas 13 months ago from Canada

      Au Fait - Excellent and very informative! If I may add, whether it's actually those chemicals to be blamed to that extent or not - but those who eat a lot of canned foods are GENERALLY earing poorly, so no wonder they get obese. To me it's like blaming smoking for lung cancer. Many "health nuts" who never smoked die younger than some chain smokers. In my mind it's that most of smokers are ALSO emotionally unstable folks seeking chemical crutches - and that emotional instability PLUS the toxins from cigarette will do a number on their health.

      Likewise, those who don't eat a balanced diet, but only eat from cans are bound to get sick - not exclusively because of the toxic lining from cans and bottles.

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      C E Clark 14 months ago from North Texas

      Nadine May, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this important issue, and for letting us know that things aren't always the same everywhere. Generally the plastic is used to coat the insides of tin cans to avoid rust bleeding into the contents. Now it's a question of whether the rust is worse, or the BPAs.

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      C E Clark 14 months ago from North Texas

      RTalloni, thank you for commenting on this article! Yes, BPA and Badge are big when it comes to obesity and may also encourage cancer. Not only is plastic a big part of our diet these days, but of course it's all around us included in practically everything from the car we drive, the furniture in our house, the construction materials in our house/apartment, the carpet and upholstery or drapery materials, the mini blinds, and yes, it's even in our clothing. Plastic is everywhere and I'm not sure it's healthful even if it isn't being eaten.

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      C E Clark 14 months ago from North Texas

      Colorfulone, sounds like you're doing the right thing. I have never liked soda pop. In fact, don't like much that is available to drink commercially. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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      Nadine May 14 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Fantastic hub, I will promote it. I'm not sure if we use the same chemicals inside tins in S.A as in the US, and I knew about the danger of plastics, but now I watch out before buying tin food as a added supplement in my sauces.

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      RTalloni 14 months ago from the short journey

      It's interesting to learn more about the role plastics play in our health considering how much plastic is used for food and drink storage. Thanks for highlighting BPA and BADGE as a reminder to those who know and as a springboard for those who are just learning about the dangers.

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      Susie Lehto 14 months ago from Minnesota

      I have read a lot on this topic for health reasons and came to the conclusion that drinking well water is much healthier for me than water I can buy off a shelf. And, I do filter the drinking water. As far as pop goes, I won't buy it anymore and honestly I do not miss it. I like water just fine, that I need to survive.

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      C E Clark 15 months ago from North Texas

      Peggy W, thank you for sharing this article!

      Hope things have improved in Houston since you wrote this last comment. Read in our local newspaper just a couple of days ago about some people who drown from purposely driving into flood water there in Houston. Hope your home and you and your family stay safe.

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      Peggy Woods 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Surprising that more people do not realize this. The sales of sodas takes up a good part of every grocery store aisle.

      As to how we are doing...we are surviving the floods but sadly many people are being hurt. It is a real disaster area! The Red Cross has shelters set up in many places. The national guard is rescuing people out of their flooded homes. So far 7 people have lost their lives. Our home is thus far OK but hundreds......probably thousands have been flooded. The city is a mess! Schools in our area will have been closed for all of this week.

      Giving this another share.

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      C E Clark 15 months ago from North Texas

      Peggy W., thank you for tweeting this article! Yes, I have written about the dangers of drinking soda pop as well (http://hubpages.com/health/Do-Diet-Drinks-Actually... I never drink it myself and never have except for rare emergencies when that's all there was to drink and I was dying of thirst. Hope all is well with you!

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I just read another hub about the dangers of drinking sodas and gave it a tweet. Will give this hub of yours another tweet as well. Hope all is well with you.

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      The Stages Of Me, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! So glad it was useful and informative for you. They're only scratching the surface on the dangers of plastic so far.

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      The Stages Of ME 16 months ago

      Wow Au Fait,

      I had no idea these bottles and cans and such were so dangerous. thank you for sharing this important information.

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      Larry Rankin, thank you for stopping by!

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      Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting ideas.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Peggy W., thank you for sharing this article!

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      Peggy Woods 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      You are getting some interesting comments on this as I thought you would. Giving it another share.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Pinto2011, thank you for reading and commenting. Hope the information here will help keep you and your family healthy.

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      Subhas 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      You have really shared a great deal of knowledge with us. Going to really rectify our food habits.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Peggy W., thank you for reading and commenting on this article! You are right in that it is difficult to avoid all plastics. You are smart to use a thermos instead of buying water or soda in plastic bottles. So far there are no issues with frozen vegetables instead of canned ones. A lot of other prepared foods are available frozen too.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Paul Kuehn, thank you again for your high praise and for reading and commenting on this article. Also for sharing with your followers and on FB.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      DDE, thank you for reading and sharing your experience and thought on this subject! Good to see you again, too!! You are so lucky to have good clean water from your mountain.

      Yes, few people imagine that the tin cans plain vegetables and fruits come in might be toxic. Even I was surprised to learn they are lined inside with plastic. Hope you are having a wonderful new year. Thanks again for taking time to read/comment!

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Karen Hellier, thank you for commenting! Hope you will experience better health as a result. BPAs are not to be trifled with. Making a person fat is the least of it.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Word55, thank you for commenting and for your high praise. God bless you also. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Great article but also disheartening. It seems as though the only way to avoid ill effects from manufactured food these days would be to grow all of our own but for most people that is not feasible. Most of the canned items we purchase these days are canned tomatoes and chicken broth and some of the canned beans. We do not purchase water in plastic bottles and rather carry a thermos with us with filtered water from our Brita pitcher. We do not drink sodas. Hard to avoid all plastics!

      Will be pinning, tweeting and sharing this good article from you.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Billybuc, thank you for commenting. So good to see you again! Yes, this is about the BPAs in the plastic that are bleeding into the contents of these plastic (and plastic lined) containers. You are wise to avoid these things.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Shyron, thank you for reading and commenting and for all you do. Hope some of this info will be helpful to you and John. It's never too late to start more healthful habits.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Nadine May, thank you for commenting. So glad you are changing your habits as a result so that you will live healthier and longer!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 17 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Au fait, Thanks for sharing once again a well-documented and very interesting hub. Since living in Thailand, I have been staying away from plastic contained and canned food. This article is very educational and should be read by all. I am sharing this with HP followers and also with my Facebook followers.

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Always Exploring, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! That bad thing about water in plastic bottles is that you don't know for sure if the people transporting and storing it are taking care not to let it get around a heat source, so no matter how careful you might be yourself, it may already be full of BPAs before you buy it.

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      C E Clark 18 months ago from North Texas

      Bobby (Diogenes), what a nice surprise to see you here again! Thank you for reading and commenting. I haven't heard anything bad about frozen foods yet, so long as you take them out of the plastic wrappings to heat them up.

      The best thing is if you can have a garden of your own, but of course that's easier said than done for many people.

      You sound like your doing well and I hope that is the case. So good to hear from you again. Take care . . . xxx

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      Karen Hellier 18 months ago from Georgia

      Ah, so that explains why I can't lose weight, ha ha! Thanks for this information. I will be more careful with what I purchase from now on.

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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Au fait an informative hub on this issue. I don't drink bottled water. We have cold water from the mountain and very clean water. I seldom buy processed foods.Most people don't think about what you have mentioned here. You definitely taught me something thank you. Nice to read new hub from you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, what happened to my comment,

      It just up and went away

      Was it sent to your spam folder

      To never see the Light of Day

      I know I put one here

      But, it did not stay

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      Word 18 months ago from Chicago

      Hi Ms. Clark, Thank you for another thorough write up on such an important topic. I enjoyed the read. God bless you!

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      Bill Holland 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Truthfully, I won't buy bottled water....but that has more to do with the plastics than anything else. I'm stubborn at times, so chances are pretty good I won't be buying bottled water in this lifetime. :) Good information!

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      Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, I am so glad you published this, I have been looking forward to it for a long time. Some amazing facts you have in here.

      Hope all is well with you. Loved the weather today, I replaced a sprinkler head today. Hardest part was digging out the broken one.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for that excellent article and the information on plastic.To think that I sometime heat up food that is in a plastic container stored in the fridge, into the microwave makes me now shudder.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I buy bottled water all the time. I had no idea it was bad. I know not to heat food in a plastic container. I use Splenda! I think I'll go back to sugar. I've noticed more obese children today than ever before. Interesting and informative article. Thank you.

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      diogenes 18 months ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Misty...long time no see: Seems like there's no way to win, you'd have to keep your guard up 24/7 to try to keep all the harmful things out of your life.

      I have long felt uneasy about plastic contained and canned food. Apart from the evils you outline in this excellent article (as ever) there is also all the food preservatives several of which have been linked with ill health.

      The old adage is the best I suppose, stick to whole foods, fruit and veggies...and then hope the products farmers use to combat pests aren't also harming us.

      Seemed all so simple once, "Ban DDT and all food would be OK!" We've come a long way, baby!

      Hope your well and enjoying life Misty.

      Bob x

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